As the number of coronavirus cases among passengers aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship doubled, going from an initially reported 70 to 136. Passengers and crew members are making public appeals, begging their governments to rescue them. An India crew member, Binay Kumar Sarkar wrote In a series of Facebook posts, that those who are healthy should be allowed to disembark before they too contract the coronavirus, which is “risking everyone’s [lives].”
“Day by day it’s spreading … rapidly, and risking everyone’s lives.” he wrote.
According to Business Insider, China and Japan officials On Monday, confirmed that 136 passengers on board the ship that arrived in Yokohama on February 3 have been diagnosed with having the virus. They’ve been quarantined at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal ever since their arrival.
Sarkar described the situation on the ship as “out of control.” He said that Japanese authorities should be screening everyone on board for coronavirus. People are willing to wait till the results come back, but, if they don’t test positive, they should be allowed to leave the ship and go home to their families.
“There are lot of people who don’t have coronavirus so why are we all being confined here?” he queried.
“Please save at least those of us who are healthy,” he added. “What is the point of coming after we have all been infected or worse?
“Being trapped on the ship is fanning fears that very soon we will all be infected,” he said.