Stuck on a liner
Getting fresh air: Tourists quarantined on the cruise ship Diamond Princess due to fears over the spread of the new coronavirus are seen on the top deck on Thursday in Yokohama, near Tokyo.
“The situation is turning worse with every passing day. We want to return home as early as possible,” Binay Kumar Sarkar, crew member on-board cruise ship Diamond Princess, which has been docking in Yokohama, Japan, over the past two weeks, told The
Hindu. Among the 3,700 passengers on board, 175 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, making it the biggest cluster of cases outside China.
Mr. Sarkar, who hails from north Bengal, said that crew members can only leave after the quarantine period ends on February 19.
Mr. Sarkar said that while there were reports of two Indian crew members testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, there have been no new reports on Thursday.
“According to the information available to us, the two Indian crew members who tested positive have been quarantined and are being provided treatment,” he said.
The fear of viral contamination is creating panic among those on board. On Wednesday evening more than 30 people had tested positive, said Mr. Sarkar. Another crew member, Swaroop Chapadar, also expressed similar concerns.