New Delhi: A day after the news broke that two Indian crew members on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess were tested positive for coronavirus in Japna, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday informed that the Indian embassy in Tokyo is extending all possible help and support to those on board the vessel. Also Read - Japan Confirms First Coronavirus Death, This Time It's Woman in Her 80s
“Our Embassy @IndianEmbTokyo is in constant touch with the crew & passengers of DiamondPrincess off Yokohama, Japan, rendering all necessary support & assistance. Passengers and crew are currently quarantined by Japanese authorities,” Jaishankar said in a tweet. Also Read - Wuhan Coronavirus: Death Toll in Deadly Outbreak Touches 1,367; Confirmed Cases 52,526
He further stated that two Indian crew members have tested positive for Coronavirus. ‘Will keep you updated,” he added.
The statement from the EAM came after the news report surfaced that the cruise ship, with 3711 people, including 2666 guests and 1045 crew members, onboard have been quarantined off the coast of Japan since February 3 and will remain so till February 19.
As per latest updates, 218 passengers and crew members have been tested positive for the deadly virus.
With two Indians confirmed to have been infected with the deadly coronavirus aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Yokohama in Japan, the Centre on Thursday has assured all assistance.
According to news agency IANS, Sonali Thakkar, a security officer on the ship, has been sending out messages asking the Indian government to take them back home or at least send some medical experts along to expedite the coronavirus tests.
“We are scared that if the infection is spreading, it is spreading so fast that we could also become one of them. We don’t want to. We just want to go back home,” she said according to reports.
The development comes after the British cruise ship with 3,711 people on board arrived at the Japanese coast last week and was quarantined after a passenger was found to be infected with the virus.
Meanwhile, the government of Japan has also confirmed that the total number of coronavirus cases on the ship has increased to 218.