Diamond Princess cruise quarantine will end on February 19

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 12: The Diamond Princess cruise ship arrives to dock at Daikoku Pier on February 12, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. The cruise ship, while being resupplied, remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnoses with coronavirus. The number of confirmed cases have climbed to 175 as Japanese authorities continue treating people on board. The new cases bring the total number of infections to at least 200 in Japan, the largest number outside of China. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The Diamond Princess cruise ship, currently docked in Yokohama, Japan, will be released from quarantine on February 19, according to operator Princess Cruises.

More than 3,700 passengers and crew have been held on board the ship since February 4.

In a video statement released today, the company’s executive vice president Rai Caluori said the “highest priority is providing guests and crew with their prescription medications, and more than 2,000 prescriptions have been brought on board.”

He added that a team of seven pharmacists are assisting with the delivery of medication to guests. 

According to Caluori, the 1,405 crew currently working on board the ship will receive “normal pay and gratuities and paid time off following the quarantine.”

Japanese health officials have confirmed 175 cases of the novel coronavirus on the Diamond Princess — the largest concentration of cases outside mainland China.

Cr Isaac Yee in Hong Kong

CNN News


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