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It's the Misery Cruise That Won't End

What life is like about quarantined cruise ship
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2020 1:23 PM CST
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The quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked in the Yokohama Port Monday, Feb. 10, 2020.   (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

(Newser) – A dozen people have the new coronavirus inside the US, according to the CDC. But twice that many Americans have fallen ill abroad from one cruise ship alone. These were the people who had the misfortune to board the Diamond Princess, which is now docked in Japan and under quarantine. A total of 135 passengers have tested positive, and 24 of them are Americans, reports CNN. Coverage:

  • On board: "Imagine being trapped in your bathroom,” American Matthew Smith, 57, tells CNBC. The approximately 3,500 passengers must remain in their cabins, though they can leave for the deck if they wish for brief, designated periods during the day. The crew delivers meals, bottled water, towels, etc., to their rooms. Smith and his wife (neither of whom are ill) are actually confined to a larger suite, and thus "have been more comfortable than most on board."

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