78 Indonesian crew members being quarantined in Japan over coronavirus

The management of the cruise liner has provided logistics, and free telephone and internet services to enable the crew members to communicate with their families,

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Some 78 Indonesian nationals, the Diamond Princess cruise liner’s crew members, are being quarantined in the Yokohama waters, Japan, after some of its passengers were found to have contracted the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The cruise liner, carrying 3,700 passengers and crew members, is currently docking in Yokohama coast.

“The Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo has coordinated with local authorities. All Indonesian crew members are in good health,” Director of Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities Protection of the Foreign Ministry Judha Nugraha noted in a short message text on Saturday.

The embassy has also established contact with the Indonesian crew members to monitor their condition and provide necessary assistance to them, he stated.

In accordance with the health protocol, the quarantine process at the cruise liner will last for 14 days, from February 5, 2020.

“The management of the cruise liner has provided logistics as well as free telephone and internet services to enable crew members to communicate with their families,” he added.

On Friday (Feb 7), some 47 of the cruise liner’s passengers were found to have been infected with coronavirus. They were all moved and isolated at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The new cases of coronavirus brought the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Japan to 61 out of the 273 people suspected of being infected with the virus.

Source: ANTARA News