Indian crew on stranded ship sends sos to PM Modi


Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato previously said the Government was considering testing everyone on board before allowing them to disembark.

This takes the total number of coronavirus positives on the ship to almost 140.

Almost a week into quarantine on the Diamond Princess on Monday (Feb 10), boredom warred with anxiety as the hours ticked by and 60 more people tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases on the ship to 130.

Sakoi said the government needed the crew to sustain operations on board the ship, which was placed on a 14-day quarantine at the Japanese port of Yokohama last week.

Melbourne passengers Karen and Jason Honey said they were shaken by the news that more people had tested positive.

Japanese health authorities are scrambling to deliver medicine requested by more than 600 passengers. Speaking in Hindi and flanked by five other crew members, he called not only on the Indian government but also the United Nations to enforce an "urgent segregation".

In a Princess Cruises promotional video highlighting "a day in the life of a crew member", workers praise the company, the opportunity and the excitement of their jobs - but also reflect the hardship of life on board. "There are 160 Indians among the crew along with 8 Indian passengers", he said in the video.

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The first secretary in the consular division of the Indian embassy in Tokyo said on Monday that there are no Indians among the 70 passengers who tested positive till Sunday.

Gay Courter, 75, who is among the 2,600 passengers stuck on the Diamond Princess, called the ship a "rather posh penitentiary" with decadent sweet-tooth offerings.

The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine since February 3 with 3700 people on board, including more than 200 Australians who are well.

Japan's health ministry is recording infection counts on the ship and evacuee flights from China separately from the official tally. "Some of the passengers are in touch with us directly through email", the official said.

Hong Kong now has 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus and one person has died so far. It docked in Yokohama on Thursday to resupply for a quarantine that could last until February 19.

The U.K. -flagged Diamond Princess is managed by Princess Cruise Lines, one of the world's largest cruise lines and a unit of Carnival Corp.