News of Coronavirus quarantined a cruise ship


Sophia Dench, Reporter

 The Coronavirus is identified as a respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. The outbreak of this disease has caused death to 813 people and illness to more than 37,000. Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of this virus to contain and phase it out. 

   The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined off the coast of Yokohama and 336 passengers were tested for the virus because of a man who had the illness on the ship a month before. The quarantine started Feb. 4th  was said to last until Feb. 19th. The total number of U.S. passengers with the virus is up to 14 so far. 

   Princess Cruise Line will offer a full refund for their passengers aboard. There are more than 3,700 people aboard and 2,600 of them are passengers. 428 Americans are on board. Jan Swartz is the Princess Cruise Line president. She said the company will refund reasonable independent expenses, along with air travel, transfers or pre/post-cruise hotels. She also is offering passengers to receive a 100% future cruise credit equal to the fare passengers paid for the quarantined voyage.

   Those on the ship are normal people such as honeymooners or students on vacations. They are being monitored for signs of infections while being confined to their cabins. The passengers are allowed out for about an hour and a half but have to wear masks at all times and stay one meter away from each other. 

   The passengers pass the time by reading or watching tv but the days grow long and dreary after being trapped in a small room for the duration of it. Food is delivered to them and those aboard are well taken care of, but the precautions taken for their health are causing many to be left feeling empty and frustrated.