The Princess Cruises issued a statement informing of additional 39 new positive cases of Coronavirus onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, further informing that in collaboration witht he Health Ministry, it was decided that a voluntary disembarkation will take place, with priority given to the most medically vulnerable guests, including older adults with pre-existing health conditions.
Specifically, on February 11, the cruise line reported that the Japanese Ministry of Health confirmed 39 new positive cases. In the meantime, Princess Cruises also confirmed the announcement, from Japan health officials, of 44 new positive cases of Coronavirus onboard Diamond Princess.
As a result, Japanese Health Officials are planning a voluntary disembarkation of guests to complete their quarantine period at a shoreside facility. Also, the first group of guests that will be disembarked will be tested for the CONVID-19. If tested positive, they will be taken to a local hospital for additional evaluation and isolation; If tested negatively, they will have the option of leaving the ship and will be transported to a quarantine housing facility.
Moreover, it is reported that the temporary facilities include:
- Individual rooms and individual bathrooms
- There are no clinics at these facilities. Prescription medication will be provided, but medical care will require transport to a hospital or clinic.
- The food available will not accommodate dietary preferences but will accommodate certain medical conditions. The meals provided will be Japanese bento-style boxes. No Western meals will be available.
Princess Cruises confirmed that all guests onboard remain welcome to stay onboard through the end of the quarantine period.
Overall, the cruise line reported on February 4 about ten passengers that had been positively tested for Coronavirus. Then, on February 6, the company stated that there were 41 additional passengers infected by the Coronavirus.