Boredom stalks cruise ship passengers off Japan as virus cases rise


Posted at Feb 10 2020 03:23 PM

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Passengers of a cruise ship quarantined off Japan are working to keep their "fighting spirit" up as authorities confirmed more cases of the novel coronavirus virus on board, a Filipina there said Monday. 

About 530 of the 3,700 people on board the ship Diamond Princess are Filipinos, mostly crew members, the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo earlier said. 

Passengers are allowed to walk around a designated area inside the ship for only an hour daily and are confined to their cabins the rest of the time, where they have WiFi and television, said Hernrisa Overton, a Filipina passenger who is with her British husband. 

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Passengers stretch on the balcony of their cabins on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo. Kim Kyung-Hoon, Reuters

Although there is enough food on the ship, some passengers lose their appetite due to lack of physical activity. Some cabins also do not have balconies or windows, she said. 

"Kahit pa nakakainip, kailangan talaga iyong fighting spirit mo mataas kasi kung depressed ka kung mangyayari," she told radio DZMM, 

(Even if it is boring, your fighting spirit should be high, otherwise you'll be depressed.) 

Diamond Princess was quarantined off Yokohama after a former passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong last month, tested positive for the virus. Seventy other people on board the cruise ship have since tested positive. 

DZMM, Feb. 10, 2020