Princess Cruises has confirmed that the turnaround of Diamond Princess has been delayed for approximately 24 hours, to allow Japan public health authorities the opportunity to review the health status of all guests and crew on board after a guest tested positive for coronavirus.
Princess said that on the previous voyage, a guest from Hong Kong, embarked in Yokohama on Jan. 20, sailed one segment of the itinerary, and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25. He visited a local Hong Kong hospital, six days after leaving the ship, where he later tested positive for coronavirus on Feb. 1. While on the ship he did not visit the ship’s medical centre to report any symptoms or illness. The hospital reports that he is in stable condition and the family members traveling with him remain symptom-free.
Diamond Princess arrived in Yokohama early from a 14-day round trip itinerary, which departed from Yokohama (Tokyo) on Jan. 20 and was scheduled to return on Feb. 4. There are 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew on board.
“The safety, security and well-being of all guests and crew is our absolute priority,” read a statement from Princess. “The review of the arriving guests and crew, by Japanese health authorities, is standard practice after a guest tested positive for coronavirus and we are working closely with the local authorities to provide detailed records to facilitate their review.”
Princess is monitoring the situation and providing updates as more information becomes available.
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