Quarantined “Coronavirus Cruise Ship” Prisoners Share Their Experiences

The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Japan’s Yokohama on February 4, after evidence of the novel coronavirus was found on the vessel. Recently, 44 more people contracted the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 219. This means it’s the largest outbreak outside of mainland China. While those who’ve tested positive are allowed to leave the ship for treatment, everyone else has to remain there at least until February 19. The passengers have to stay in their rooms, wear masks, and walk on the deck for a couple of minutes each day, keeping at least two meters of distance from others. Their meals are delivered to their room, and they pass their time with TV, movies, and newspapers. Here’s what it feels like from their own perspective.

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