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Coronavirus tally rises to 91 on cruise ship in Nagasaki

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By Chang-Ran Kim

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What the hell is going on with this ship? I find it a bit strange that it has been in dock for more than 4 months for repairs, but the entire crew of more than 600 were kept onboard! Since Mitsubishi is doing the repairs are they responsible for the crew or is it the Italian company. Very strange indeed.

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Bet they won't count it in Japan's overall count. Cruise ships seem to get their own national status.

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Ships are just horrible places for this kind of stuff. I worked on a ship of probably 400 people and we only had one doctor and one assistant. When one person got sick pretty much everyone got it soon after. I am assuming as this is a commercial ship that they have more doctors? But even that wont really help, feel bad for the people stuck on there, but I also understand the total reluctance to let them debark.

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The crew should be removed and quarantined. Keeping them on the ship basically guarantees they will be infected.

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Cruise ships and the corona virus are just made for each other...

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Nagasaki is not a big city. Hope that cases won't terribly overwhelm the local healthcare system.

Luckily or not, there is a famous school program at the Nagasaki University specializing in infectious diseases.

Department of INFECTIOUS DISEASES, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

http://www.med.nagasaki-u.ac.jp/mmi/did/index_e.html

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are racing to screen the rest 

What about racing to test civilians living here?

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The main point of this story is that they caught it from someone from Nagaski, when they visited Nagasaki or via some contact. That means that same person has been spreading it around Nagasaki. Perhaps they should test the citizens of Nagasaki and find out how many of them have it. It may spread a little slower than on the ship but still it is spreading. Preliminary results coming out on the antibody testing in New York shows the disease has been spreading far earlier and wider than thought. Number infected are hugely over the official numbers. Anyone willing to doubt Japan is the same probably more so since the testing is among the lowest in the world,

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 but the Mainichi Shimbun daily said they would also be used to gauge the spread of the virus.

Won't PCR testing be a better indicator of the spread of the virus.

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As I described my comment in another column of same topic (issue), the ship was to be docked in China, but Mitsubishi Industry has got a contract to be docked in Nagasaki. I was worried of Nagasaki citizen and the result is what I mentioned: It will be social health damage to all Nagasaki city and big losses to Mitsubishi dock company. It was only to reject this risky contract.

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So now we have to endure the numbers of infected from this ship AND the numbers from the Diamond Princess being tagged onto the end of every mention of covid-19 numbers in Japan.

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Fukuoka is as just as pathetic.

Ships are just horrible places for this kind of stuff. I worked on a ship of probably 400 people and we only had one doctor and one assistant. When one person got sick pretty much everyone got it soon after. I am assuming as this is a commercial ship that they have more doctors? But even that wont really help, feel bad for the people stuck on there, but I also understand the total reluctance to let them debark

20 years ago, I did some work for Princess Cruises and you’re not lying, these places are a breeding ground for viruses and as a closed environment there’s not a whole lot that can be done and you’re always taking a chance of catching some kind of nasty bug. But yes, most cruise ships do have well equipped and competent doctors on board.

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@smithinjapan

They are counted as part of Nagasaki prefecture, indeed Japan

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Time to create a crisis management curriculum at Tokyo University.

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""Authorities have tested about half the vessel's crew of 623 and are racing to screen the rest. Those who test negative will be repatriated, the government said.""

Waste of Time, Energy, Money, Human Resources, Medical Staff, and most of all Test Kits.

This ship should have been Refilled, Resupplied, minor repairs, and ordered to return to Base.

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