Several have appealed to the Indian government for evacuation
AGENCIES, Tokyo/New Delhi: Even as Japan began allowing some passengers on board the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess to leave the vessel and take up lodging in government designated houses on land, a third Indian crew member has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Indian embassy in Tokyo reported on Friday.
Embassy officials, who claim to be in touch with all the three, have reported that their condition is “stable and improving”. They are currently undergoing treatment.
British cruise ship Diamond Princess, docked at Yokohoma in Japan, is currently under quarantine amid a rampant rise in coronavirus cases aboard. Of the 3,700 passengers and crew members, nearly 220 had tested positive. The ship is carrying 138 Indians, two of whom had tested positive on Thursday.
Several Indians on the ship have asked the Indian government to come to their aid. Binay Kumar Sarkar, a chef from Bengal, had gone on social media to appeal for help. Later, an Indian security officer sent out a similar SOS message.