88 new cases of the lethal corona virus have been reported on the Princess Diamond Cruise ship, which has been undergoing an extended quarantine as its hundreds of passengers are still unable to leave the ship.
As The New York Post reports:
Another 88 cases of the coronavirus were detected Tuesday on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan — as experts blasted authorities’ handling of the situation, saying “obviously the quarantine didn’t work.”
There have now been 542 cases among the 3,700 quarantined passengers and crew members, making the ship docked in Yokohama the site of the most infections outside of China, according to Japan’s health minister.
“Given how the virus has continued to spread, we have to presume everyone leaving the ship is potentially infected, and therefore they have to go through another two-week quarantine period,” said Dr. Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia in England.
Dr. Nathalie MacDermott, an outbreak expert at King’s College London, criticized officials’ implementation of the quarantine, saying “there’s no reason this should not have worked it if had been done properly.”
The cruise ship began a mandatory quarantine on February 3rd.