Coronavirus: ‘loveboat’ meals in cabin
PASSENGERS quarantined on the Diamond Princess “loveboat” had a Valentine’s special meal prepared yesterday, but they still had to eat it in their cabins.
According to media reports, the thousands of passengers, who are stuck on the ship off the coast of Japan because of the coronavirus, are bored and restless.
They posted photos of their meals, and shared encouraging messages, but many have had enough of being stuck in limbo, and are also concerned about the risk of being contaminated.
Guests have remained largely confined to their cabins, but members of staff have more contact with one another as they eat together and share cabins due to space restrictions on their deck. Last week, 10 people on board were found to be carrying the virus and by yesterday 218 passengers and crew had shown positive results.
There have been mixed reactions to the decision by Japanese authorities to keep everyone at sea and on board, because of the risk of the spread of the disease in such confined quarters.
At the same time, the MS Westerdam – which has no reported cases on board – has been turned away by five places in Asia in recent days, until it docked in Cambodia and its 2 200 passengers and crew could disembark.
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