Stuck on a liner

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Shiv Sa­hay Singh

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.