Koreans Aboard Quarantined Cruise Ship 'Well'

  • By Lee Ha-won

    February 13, 2020 14:09

    Fourteen Koreans marooned on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has been quarantined off Yokohama in Japan since last week have not developed any coronavirus symptoms.

    "We're checking the health of nine Korean passengers and five Korean crewmembers by calling them three times a day. None of them have symptoms," Yoon Hee-chan, the Korean consul general in Yokohama, told reporters Wednesday.

    Some 492 of the 3,711 passengers and crew have shown symptoms and been tested.

    Officers in protective gear enter the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan on Feb. 7. /Reuters-Yonhap

    The majority of the Korean passengers are Korean Japanese rather than travelers from Korea, and most are middle-aged or elderly. Some are exhausted from their long dull stay in windowless cabins.

    Yoon said they are hoping that the situation will improve soon and want to know whether they will have to be tested again once they disembark and return home.

    Some Korean passengers asked for anonymity since they suffered a barrage of hate in the Korean Twittersphere from angry patriots who feel they should never have set foot on a Japanese cruise ship.

    Relatives of passengers wave at the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan on Tuesday. /AFP-Yonhap

    On Wednesday, the Consulate General in Yokohama delivered some comfort supplies including kimchi, cup noodles and toothbrushes and toothpaste to the quarantined Korean passengers. One woman in her 60s requested a Korean flag.

    Some are also getting supplies from their families in Japan.

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