The Indian crew members on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship are begging their government for help.
On Monday, officials in China and Japan confirmed that 136 passengers on board the ship that arrived in Yokohama on February 3 have been diagnosed with having the virus. They’ve been quarantined at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal ever since their arrival.
On Monday, officials in China and Japan confirmed that 136 passengers on board the ship arrived in Yokohama on February 3 have been diagnosed with having the virus. They’ve been quarantined at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal ever since their arrival.
The number of cases jumped from around 70 to 136. The ship is carrying 3,700 passengers overall.
A group of Indian crew members shared a video on Facebook on Thursday, begging the government to rescue all 160 of them.
One crewman, identified as Binay Kumar Sarkar, told the newspaper that his team serves three meals a day to passengers’ rooms.
A constant fear, though, is “who will be next.”
Sarkar, 31, made a public appeal on Facebook , saying that those who are healthy should be allowed to disembark before they, too, contract the coronavirus.
The Diamond Princess’ 14-day quarantine is set to last another week.
The ship, which is docked off Yokohama, has been placed under a 14-day quarantine that will last until next week. Those who have tested positive for the coronavirus have been taken off the ship for treatment.
The Diamond Princess hosts the highest concentration of coronavirus cases outside of China, where the outbreak began.