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Japan ends 'failed' coronavirus quarantine on cruise ship | DW News

Japan ends 'failed' coronavirus quarantine on cruise ship | DW News
passengers who have tested negative for the corona virus are finally allowed to leave the diamond princess questions are now being asked about how the floating

quarantine

facility became an incubator for disease an expert on infectious disease control was invited on board to inspect the

ship

's response to the outbreak it was completely chaotic and some crews had a fever they went to the medical center while wearing an n95 mask but he didn't have any protection between his room and medical room he says he was worried about catching the virus while on board the vessel and say staff had

failed

to take adequate measures to halt its spread inside princess diamonds I was so scared I was so scared of getting copy 219 because there was no way to tell where the virus is no green zone no red zone everywhere could have Paris and everybody was not careful about it when the

ship

first arrived in Yokohama ten passengers tested positive for the virus two weeks later more than 500 have now been infected

Japan

has defended its response with the urgency of the current situation

Japan

has taken full measures to ensure prevention of the spread of infection taking into consideration human rights and humanitarian needs cooperating with relevant nations and taking appropriate measures some on board have described it as a floating prison one British couple shared their experience via social media we're doing okay we really are conditioning is still getting us down we've turned off...
japan ends failed coronavirus quarantine on cruise ship dw news
the humidifier and we're leaving the door open but we've closed that now it's so damn cold outside shortly after they announced they're tested positive to

coronavirus

and would be moved to a hospital shortly thousands still remain on the diamond princess for those evacuated the journeys far from over they still face up to two weeks

quarantine

in their home countries and for more on this story we can speak to simon dan year he is the washington post bureau chief in tokyo hi Simon thank you for joining us here on DW we saw there that the

ship

is being called floating prison a floating petri dish what is behind the health officials a decision here to keep people on board despite the risks well you know

Japan

at the time the decision was was taken

Japan

didn't have many cases of the virus it wanted to keep the people who had the virus off the

Japan

ese mainland and it felt that

quarantine

was the right strategy as it turned out they haven't done it well I think the u.s. US officials are now openly saying that

quarantine

failed

and actually as we look and as we know more about the way the

quarantine

was applied we're beginning to find out that actually it really wasn't done in a medically sound way and that the conditions onboard the

ship

were not were not suitable to to to keep this many people onboard the

ship

and in particular a

Japan

ese doctor who went on board yesterday has released a absolutely damning video of the conditions on board the

ship

...
japan ends failed coronavirus quarantine on cruise ship dw news
which he says a chaotic and scary and he is not surprised that very many people have fallen sick yes I mean we have been hearing many reports of utter chaos on board and there are still hundreds of people on this boat what is happening to them well they're being released as you said the people who the foreigners were being taken back to places like the United States and Canada are being given another 14 days

quarantine

because those governments don't believe that the

quarantine

on board the

ship

worked the

Japan

ese patients who test negative for the virus are being allowed to leave there being at they're being allowed to board public transport this afternoon and go home so

Japan

doesn't really want to admit the

quarantine

failed

even when other governments basically have have have made that decision the

quarantine

was not effective and that people were still being affected on infected onboard the

ship

it was a difficult decision for

Japan

because they didn't have facilities for 3,600 people on day one but as time went by it became increasingly clear as the number of people rose that the

quarantine

wasn't the right strategy and I think many people felt

Japan

was very slow to react to the changing reality yes I mean what does it tell us about the

Japan

ese authorities and their ability to deal with this type of crisis do they not have the capacity to deal with an outbreak of the sighs well you know the doctor's testimony he said that there was no...
japan ends failed coronavirus quarantine on cruise ship dw news
expert in infectious diseases running the show onboard the

ship

it was entirely bureaucrats running the show there were no procedures he's covered he's he's treated people in Abela in in Africa in SARS in China in cholera he knows how to protect people and protect himself he's never been scared before he said he was scared of the conditions on board the

ship

and he's put himself in 14 days

quarantine

as a result of being on board that

ship

he's keeping away from his family he's keeping away from his patients so he was absolutely shocked so yes bureaucrats in control scientists being sidelined it is a little bit a case where I think the politics of the situation took precedence over the science in Simon just quickly houses all of this going down in

Japan

what do people there make of how the government has dealt with us well that doctors video last time I checked had already been seen 750,000 times yesterday opinion polls came out showing Prime Minister our BAE's popularity falling quite significantly by five percentage points and more and more people questioning his handling of the crisis so yes there is a real political cost for the government it wanted to avoid bad

news

ahead of the Olympics but now it has got bad

news

and big questions about who's handling and it has to deal with them all right Simon day near the Washington Post bureau chief in Tokyo thank you so much for speaking to us