Japanese cruise ship overrun with coronavirus

Yeh, it’s contagious:

Another 41 people quarantined aboard a cruise liner off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of infected passengers to 61.

The dramatic jump in fresh cases follows 10 positive diagnoses among Diamond Princess passengers on Wednesday, and a further 10 on Thursday.

The new cases were among 171 remaining test results. The results of all 273 tests have now been confirmed.

About 3,700 passengers and crew are aboard the ship, but tests were conducted only on people who displayed symptoms or had been in close contact with a Hong Kong man who tested positive after leaving the ship at the end of last month.

Twenty-one of the 41 patients are Japanese, the health minister, Katsunobu Kato, told reporters on Friday. The nationalities of the remaining passengers were not immediately available.

The age range of the newly diagnosed patients suggests that older passengers are particularly vulnerable.

The new cases include three people in their 20s to 40s, three in their 50s, eight in their 60s, 21 in their 70s and six in their 80s, Kato said.

Normally it’s just the runs.

The news appears to have shaken market confidence that central banks can cure it.

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  1. Ronin8317MEMBER

    Picking up those passengers in HK last week was not a smart move, was it? I expect a lot of lawsuit as the passengers are stuck on the ship for the next 6 months, or until the passenger in infected, whichever comes first.

      • Titanium DiOxide

        watch out for Aussie school-kids and their parents, according to SMH

        There are concerns hundreds of schoolchildren could have been exposed to the coronavirus after a student who should have been in isolation was instead sent to school.

        The year 1 student, who attends Oran Park Public School in Sydney’s south-west, had recently returned from Wuhan in mainland China.

      • Only earliest legit way off is to catch the virus, get evac to hospital or something, and hope it doesn’t kill ya.
        I imagine the 2 week quarantine period onboard will keep being reset from the latest infection found.
        So if healthy and somehow able to resist catching ConV you could be onboard a long time, longer then 2 weeks that people are thinking.

  2. Titanium DiOxide

    older passengers are particularly vulnerable

    Hardly, older people take more cruises.

    Young people have also died: whistle-blower Dr Li Wenliang died of the disease at 34.

  3. If it targets oldies then let’s open the borders to the students, the resulting infections should wipe out all those university VC’s that are so keen to bring in the students as well as thin out the BB’s / #scottyfrommarketing supporters

  4. MountainGuinMEMBER

    They were able to identify the infection as the cruise ship is slow and there was time for symptoms to develop. Just think about how many flights came to Australia from China and surrounds after the outbreak.

      • And we’re very happy for that perception to stick.

        Sadly, the inter-state migration figures suggest that the truth may be out. Spotting a NSW number-plate up here used to be a special event. Now we’re over-run with the fckers

    • Titanium DiOxide

      Around 49,000 people arrived from China per week in December and January. Some went home, many stayed.

      The loophole for students arriving now is to fill in “Hong Kong” on your arrivals card. Border Force then lets you through – no questions asked!

  5. http://crew-center.com/diamond-princess-itinerary

    That’s where it’s been.

    There’s a Japanese man (tourist guide type guy) confirmed in Kyoto – which is inland, which makes no sense until you think “Gee, that’s an hour train ride from Osaka where that ship docked on the 18th.

    That was 11 ports ago.

    Now if you’re bored, take a look at the various airports around the world.
    Like Singapore.

    Which is still landing planes from China no worries – and flying in/out Aussies too.

  6. I think it’s well past time that the whole 3700 were tested, given the confirmed cases,

    Essentially the boat is a floating Petrie dish. It may give epidemiologists some useful insights however.

  7. kiwikarynMEMBER

    They’ve only tested 270 people! Considering people can have the virus and not show symptoms, shouldnt they be testing everyone? Especially the crew, who are free to wander around delivering stuff to passengers and mingling with each other. There’s 1700 crew members.

  8. Was expecting cases to ramp up by now in Australia, however many of us would just deal with flu like symptoms, not seeking medical help, so many of us could already have the virus

    • Yep, I’d give it another week or two. You’re also relying on people to voluntarily submit themselves to a hospital.

      And for the authorities here to be upfront about the number of cases they’ve seen. Wouldn’t want to engender mass panic now would you. Think of the budget and the GDP 😉

    • Someone ElseMEMBER

      I know some who are convinced they had Corona virus around xmas.

      Really nasty, chesty, feverish, the littleun’s barely noticed but the oldies were absolutely floored. The granny even considered hospital on boxing day. Like nothing she’d had before, she told me. Tough old duck too, so it must have been bad.

      Central Coast NSW, near Terrigal, now 75% Chinese nationals.

      • Yeah I had a pretty bad phlegmy cough which I usually shake off really quick but this lasted a while, this was in mid Jan. Two of us caught it off a friend that came home sick from a business trip to Taiwan. I reckon this is already spreading here for over a month but for whatever reason possibly something we are not being told our bodies are dealing with it better than the Chinese. I am English background.

        • Someone ElseMEMBER

          The grandpa was still coughing a month later. He’s a Scottish ex-boxer, so it had to be bad to get past all the anger and alcohol in his system.

          I don’t know who I’m more scared of, him or the ex-CWA granny.

  9. Why aren’t we offering every one of these poor cruise passengers asylum and free flights to Sydney with self-isolation for 14 days? Their human rights are being trampled, confined to their teeny tiny cabins 24 hours a day. I bet the crew aren’t even respecting preferred gender pronouns at this point.

  10. Wow. Seriously, if you didn’t feel like you were in imminent danger of actually dying, would you even dream of presenting to a medico with virus-like symptoms right now? You’d have to be crazy (or an incredibly noble and self-sacrificing individual with complete faith in the system). Even if you weren’t infected, you’d be isolated with those who really are and therefore soon become infected yourself. If you were old, you wouldn’t do it because your young family members would in turn be corralled, isolated, then die. Jeebus, what a mess

  11. happy valleyMEMBER

    “The news appears to have shaken market confidence that central banks can cure it.”

    Captain Phil is a doctor but not a medico doctor, so the best he can do for you is some modelling and give you some QE (no – that’s not Quik Eze)?

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