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Two Indians test positive for coronavirus on quarantined ship

Thursday, February 13, 2020 • Tamil Comments

The Indian embassy in Japan confirmed on Wednesday that two Indians on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess off Japenese coast tested positive for coronavirus.

The Indian embassy reportedly informed a news agency, "As of February 12, 2020, altogether 174 people have tested positive for nCoV, including two Indian crew members All 174 have been taken to hospitals for adequate treatment - including further quarantine - in accordance with the Japanese health protocol.

An Indian crew member, Binay Kumar Sarkar, shared a video on Facebook on Monday, explaining the fearful situation and urging PM Narendra Modi to intervene as soon as he could.

Sarkar mentioned in the video, "We are very scared. There are more than 60 positive cases today but an official announcement of how many of these are passengers and how many are crew is yet to be made. I appeal to the prime minister of India to intervene. Urgent segregation is needed of those who are healthy. What is the use of coming to our rescue after things get out of hand?" He further added, "So far only 500 people have been tested. Right now, only those who are reporting more than 37.5 degrees C of body temperature are being tested. There are 160 Indians among the crew along with 8 Indian passengers."

Of the 174 cases tested positive for coronavirus so far, majority of them are from Japan. Apart from the two Indians, citizens from Canada, Australia, USA, Phillippines, Ukraine, and England are also among the infected individuals. "We are following guidance from the Japan Ministry of Health on plans for disembarkation protocols to provide medical care for these new cases. Since it is early in the quarantine period of 14-days, it was not unexpected that additional cases would be reported involving individuals who were exposed prior to the start of the quarantine," Princess company, the company that operates Diamond Princess, reportedly stated.

Scientifically known as 2019-nCoV, the virus originates from the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has claimed over 1000 lives in China and infected nearly 43000 people. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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