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Cruise ships quarantined over coronavirus – in pictures

Thousands of passengers and crew on two cruise ships in Asian waters have been placed in quarantine after cases of coronavirus were confirmed onboard. About 3,700 people are facing at least two weeks locked away on the Diamond Princess cruise liner anchored off Japan, while 1,800 passengers and crew are being kept onboard the World Dream, docked in Hong Kong.

The cruise ship Diamond Princess is anchored off Yokohama port. The ship was caught up in the global coronavirus epidemic after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man, who joined for part of the 14-day cruise, tested positive for the virus after disembarking in Hong Kong. The man had joined a shore excursion in Kagoshima, south-western Japan, local media reported
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Officers in protective gear escort a person who tested positive for coronavirus. The infected patients were transferred by Japan’s coastguard to hospitals on the mainland, the remainder of the passengers and crew on board the Carnival Corp ship were placed in quarantine and given health screenings. Only 31 results of 273 tests have been received so far, revealing the 10 confirmed cases
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Officials in masks and protective clothing on one of the decks of the Diamond Princess. Passengers on the ship took to social media to detail their predicament, posting photos of officials in masks and gowns conducting health checks, room service meals, empty corridors, and a barren deck
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None of the 10 infected people – three each from Japan and Hong Kong, two Australians, one American and one Filipino crew member – had severe symptoms, public broadcaster NHK reported
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Carnival said passengers trapped on the Diamond Princess would receive a full refund and a future cruise credit. It cancelled another two cruises that had been scheduled on the same ship
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The World Dream cruise ship is docked at Kai Tak terminal in Hong Kong. More than 1,800 passengers and crew on a cruise ship that docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday were being kept on board while they were tested for a coronavirus after some crew reported fever, authorities said
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A man disembarks as medical staff await
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The ship docked in Hong Kong after it was denied entry to the southern Taiwan port of Kaohsiung on Tuesday. Three mainland Chinese who had been on board from Jan. 19 to Jan. 24 were found to have had the virus, Hong Kong’s health department said
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Authorities said it was not clear how long those onboard the World Dream would be confined to the ship
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Courtesy : The Guardian