Diamond Princess

On seeing the title, dont get carried away , that its about a Egyptian or Indian Queen who had some worthy jewellary and a treasure hunt for it. It’s very much relevant to the current situation we all are facing all over the globe, the so called pandemic due to COVID-19 ( Corona virus disease).

Diamond Princess is a British-registered Cruise Ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises. Passengers were looking forward to a two-week dream cruise to China, Vietnam, Taiwan and back to Japan. The ship is described as a “treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered”. But now we will see ‘How dream cruise on Diamond Princess became a nightmare.’

Concerns were first raised about the ship when a former passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus on 1 February. Three days later, Japanese authorities stopped the ship from sailing. On 5 February, tighter controls were introduced and the 2,600 guests on board were told not to leave their rooms.

But these measures, which some have speculated were imposed days too late, only applied to passengers. Crew continued to eat in a large mess hall, share bathroom facilities and go to guests’ rooms. Some departments received protective equipment later than others. Crew people did not receive a mask until a week after the ship had been stopped.

At the time, Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University Hospital, an infectious disease specialist who visited the ship during the quarantine, described the procedures onboard as completely inadequate. In a scathing video posted online, he said he had worked during Ebola and Sars outbreaks and had never worried about getting infected but, after visiting the Diamond Princess, he was afraid of catching coronavirus.

Crew members described scenes of confusion and chaos, in which there was little separation between the healthy and the sick. As a crew you don’t even know who is positive – you’re dealing with them and you’re going around the ship, eating in the mess together.

Crew members are the one giving everything they need and sorting out the dirty dishes. Then one day you will notice those isolated cabins going empty because they have tested positive. Imagine the cross contamination.

720 passengers have become infected and 6 passengers have died as a result of the virus.

Passengers and crew from the Diamond Princess should have been evacuated far earlier from the ship, which became a breeding ground for the virus after it was stopped from sailing by the Japanese government. Crew should not have continued serving, cooking and cleaning while a quarantine was supposed to be underway.

On all cruise vessels most crew, other than the very senior ranks, share cabins which are small and which are very unhelpful in regard to infection control.

Perhaps if anything positive eventually emerges from this global health crisis, it might be that cruise operators review crew working and living conditions, and upgrade these to provide for better physical and mental health and welfare.

#StayHome #StaySafe

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