On Monday, Japanese health authorities reported more than 60 new coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined in the Port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, since last week.
Royal Caribbean has also adopted a policy of denying boarding to any passenger, regardless of nationality, who has been in China, Hong Kong or Macao in the 15 days before the departure of a cruise ship.
The new cases bring the total number of coronavirus infections on board to more than 130. One passenger, with the Twitter name Da, said they'd talked to younger passengers anxious about financial repercussions, such as losing jobs, due to the enforced time off. He further added, "So far, only 500 people have been tested".
"Day by day [it's] spreading. rapidly", he wrote, and "and risking everyone's [lives]".
The cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is seen at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama. There was no immediate clarity on the discrepancy between that figure and the health ministry. Authorities said on Saturday 64 people had been infected on the ship, which is carrying some 3,700 passengers and crew, including many Indians. In Italy, more than 6,600 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark from Carnival's Costa Smeralda on January 31 after a Chinese passenger was found to have the flu and not the virus.
According to local media reports, passengers have been confined to their rooms; however, they were allowed to spend some time on deck under staff monitoring.
The quarantine for the passengers is due to be lifted on February 19, but it is not clear if the crew will require an additional quarantine period since they have not been isolated from carriers of the virus.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, reported that there are also now seven cases of the virus confirmed in Canada. "You might have to drag me off the ship when the quarantine ends".
"The period will be extended beyond the 19 Feb as appropriate only for close contacts of newly confirmed cases". So they all remain on Board, which maintained a strict quarantine regime.
Fifteen passengers on board are Israeli.
Passengers also tweeted pictures of new supplies delivered to the quarantined passengers on Monday: wet wipes and heavy-duty filtration face masks.
Verified coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship surged over the weekend. Ukraine's government said two of its nationals, a 37-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, worked in the kitchen, and have been taken to a hospital in Japan.