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Last crew members leave cruise ship quarantined at Yokohama port

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End of the nightmare story for the passengers and crew.

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The last group of about 130 crew members got off the Diamond Princess on Sunday, vacating the contaminated cruise ship and ending Japan's much criticized quarantine that left more than one fifth of the ship's original population infected with the new virus.

Finally a tiny bit of good news.

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That cruise circled Japan, right? And only stopped in Japanese ports?

No, it travelled to Hong Kong (and maybe some other places)

So, what was the source of the coronavirus on Diamond Princess?

A man from Hong Kong who disembarked in Hong Kong and was subsequently found to be infected. He disembarked after contaminating the ship.

I don't think I've read or seen anything about that.

You don't watch the news, or read the newspapers?

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In Japan, about 1,000 passengers were allowed to return home via public transportation despite warnings from experts and are now under self-quarantine at home. Several of them have been confirmed infected after returning home.

Apparently one selfish oyaji that was realeased from Diamond Princess went to his local gym a few times after getting home ( despite the self quarantine "request" by authorities ) and now the virus spread through that particular gym. Well handled,  Jgovt.

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1,500 total PCB tests undertaken (for general public, excluding the cruise passengers)

Capacity is 4,000 per day.

and the guidelines for testing? Match the CDCs

And yet , magically countries like say SK or Italy manage to test 10 times more per day than Japan...even Iran does. If they can do it, why can,t Japan?

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Here is the link to the official numbers for all of Japan, for yesterday 1st March:

230 positive (total)

1,500 total PCB tests undertaken (for general public, excluding the cruise passengers)

Capacity is 4,000 per day.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/newpage_09860.html

Also disturbing is the total number of Call Centre lines in all of Japan which is at 180 operators.

Just a total of just 4000ish per day are managing to get through. Remember, generally if you want to get tested, you have to first get through to an operator.

And,if you just walk in off the street into your local clinic (which most people are doing since they can't get through to the call centre) doctors can't test you anyway, since they don't have the testing kits. The doctors themselves also don't have the protective gear the need. They are turning people away now. Too dangerous.

This is highly disturbing.

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the real story is that Japan was placed in no win situation and foreign governments sat back and let Japan take the heat.

Yeah yeah , its the "big bad gaikoku fault again, poor Japan is always done hard by "  worn out right winger argument on display . Japan has a fine record of refusing foreign offers of assistance in crisis...heaven forbid some J- incompetence would be brought to light by the foreign teams that assist.

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@zichi

Just google around if you don't follow the news.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/28/coronavirus-latest-cruise-cancellations-itinerary-changes-cancellations/4890327002/

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I have one question- how are the infections and deaths of the international conveyance going to be counted now that the ship is empty?

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@zichi

and Abe

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The Diamond Prince is ported in Japan during the summer and Australia during the winter. Not sure the ship has even been to the UK since it was built in Japan.

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zichiToday  08:47 am JST

The Diamond Prince is ported in Japan during the summer and Australia during the winter. Not sure the ship has even been to the UK since it was built in Japan.

All cruise lines are changing their routing and porting away from Asia now. So I would expect to see changes in previous arrangements. Temporary but of unknown duration.

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@kwatt, it's not 'parked', it's 'docked'.

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@marcelito

Haven't you heard? Some commenter(s? they all sound similar to me anyway) believe Japan couldn't possibly do any wrong. No room for nuance, no room for humanity, or mistakes... Japan is perfect.

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@that person

@zichi

and Abe

I think the nightmare for Mr. Abe may be about to start getting a bit more intense.

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He also said, however, that crisis management of a foreign-flagged and operated ship is difficult for a single government to deal with, and suggested that there is a need to promote a global framework in tackling future crises.

Yeah blame the mess on the ship being foreign flagged ,.... as if Japan has ever allowed foreign experts to come in and work jointly on containing a crisis in Japan, be it Fukushima or coronavirus.

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By the way, Diamond Princess' next cruise is scheduled to embark on April 29...

Sports Club 'Seishin' is closed today for cleaning and disinfection.

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I am always struck by her design and shape, how beautiful and streamlined this ship looks, as if nothing can sully her despite what she has been through. Good luck to her in future voyages.

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Let the ship sit empty for a couple of weeks, (the virus will die) then take her to a shipyard to be repainted and renamed while the interior deep-cleaned and renewed. She can set sail as the New Crown Princess.

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Most of the stories have been about the passengers, but we need to remember the crew as well. We sailed on the Diamond Princess in 2006. We took it from San Pedro to Hawaii and back. It is a beautiful ship, and the crew were wonderful.

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"Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told a news conference that the ship is now empty and ready for sterilization and safety checks to prepare for its next voyage. He did not give a timeline."

Don't care about sterilizing the ship just sink it! I think this cruise ship made enough damage to the passengers and the crew but also to the cruise travel industry. Nobody will want to go on that ship for a cruise around the world!

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The Diamond Princess visits many countries in Asia not just Japan.

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TrevorPeaceToday  10:04 am JST

@kwatt, it's not 'parked', it's 'docked'.

Actually it's "berthed". A boat can be docked, but a ship is berthed.

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End of the nightmare story for the passengers and crew.

Not yet. It seems time UK and US should send the big burden back home.

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The Japanese Government coped based on the quarantine inspection method.

A purpose of the quarantine inspection is to remove a factor to give harm to the nation.

On the other hand, "the carnival" that is the company of the Cruise ship has a duty to manage the hygiene environment in the ship based on a law of the United Kingdom.

Japanese Government does not have a duty to train a crew to manage the hygiene of the Cruise ship.

Japanese Government accepted entry to Japan in infected people, and it was extremely humanitarian measures to have hospitalized.

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As usual, the People’s Republic of Japan never thought about the mid term consequences of reclassifying it when they lobbied (or rather threatened) WHO. Their only concern was to fudge numbers like China, just as they did with the Fukushima radiation, all because saving face is more important than transparency. My other question is, why weren’t the planes that carried infected people called ‘international conveyance’?

Excellent post Tom!!

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March is critical month for Japan. Abe must put the severest measures within the boarder of Japan.

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doctors can't test you anyway, since they don't have the testing kits.

Neither does any doctor. the labs have the kits.

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@TrevorPeace

I used the word "parked" instead of docked, because the ship looks like big vehicle is abandoned at parking lot for a long time.

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I have one question- how are the infections and deaths of the international conveyance going to be counted now that the ship is empty?

As usual, the People’s Republic of Japan never thought about the mid term consequences of reclassifying it when they lobbied (or rather threatened) WHO. Their only concern was to fudge numbers like China, just as they did with the Fukushima radiation, all because saving face is more important than transparency. My other question is, why weren’t the planes that carried infected people called ‘international conveyance’?

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The Diamond Prince is ported in Japan during the summer and Australia during the winter. Not sure the ship has even been to the UK since it was built in Japan.

The ship can't be parked at Yokohama port forever. Or go back to business soon. Some other ships want to park there.

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All cruise lines are changing their routing and porting away from Asia now.

I haven't read anything like that. It will still be a large market with many countries for the ships to visit.

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That cruise circled Japan, right? And only stopped in Japanese ports? So, what was the source of the coronavirus on Diamond Princess? I don't think I've read or seen anything about that.

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the real story is that Japan was placed in no win situation and foreign governments sat back and let Japan take the heat. No mention of the fact that the purpose of the quarantine was to protect Japan from the ship.

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