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Coronavirus: British couple on cruise ship 'test positive' – BBC News

A British couple, quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sally and David Abel are among 74 British citizens, on the vessel, the Diamond Princess.

Japanese officials say there are on-board 542 confirmed cases, making it the largest cluster outside China.

The UK Foreign Office says it’s “working to organise a flight back to the UK” for British nationals.

Presented by Clive Myrie, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

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    There's a post on his Facebook page, saying he's negative, that it was all a mistake. What to believe?

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    Letting these people leave the ship, even if they’re testing negative, is dangerous. Every time a person tests positive the quarantine for the entire population on the ship should start over again from that day. Whether or not they stay on the ship for the quarantine or a hospital is up to the authorities but they should not be released into the public.

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    So japan is fucked as the incubation period czn be upto 24 days. If samething had to be done in USA they would not allow

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    And why is no one telling them they cannot properly protect themselves wearing viral masks with facial hair. No wonder people are getting sick.

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    They need to be quarantined for at least 30 days.

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    It is irresponsible to just release the negative tested people out in the public when news are also saying that there are false negative tests… that incubation period is actually longer and that this virus is crazy contagious… and in yokohama at that… are you trying to commit genocide Japan?

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    So I guess they wont go Cruise Shipping any more. I think they said before they planned for more once this was over. Someone tell me why people thought this Cruise Ship thing was a go?

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    This Japanese doctor is an
    international infectious disease specialist who was aboard the Diamond
    Princess.

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    It feels like watching a movie, with episodes every day. Very slow-paced story…

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    Hey I'm
    about afraid to go to the grocery store. Let alone get on a plane and fly to some other country. This thing's going to get a lot worse than before it going to get better.

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    But they have not tested all of the people on board….

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    Everything on that ship is infected, include the rats, cockroaches, ants, flies, mosquitoes and humans.

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    Jesus people are stupid Quaratine them a month after they leave that ship how dumb can governments be???

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    Can a portable respirator mask stop the spread of the coronavirus to other people?

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    The way they have handled the whole thing is a nightmare. They should not have had to stay on that ship breathing in the air throughout the ship and spreading the virus. Test everyone right away and make decisions on how to handle without spreading the virus and get them out of there. I'm so disgusted with the countries that didn't step up and help their citizens.

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    How is this thing spreading on-board?
    I hope they will recover – really scary if this thing is spreading via the air duct.
    No1 cares for the crew because they are mostly not white ppl and from poor countries (sad reality)😥

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    Seriously is it not obvious that the crew that still working is infecting the passengers.

    Feeding them , doing there laundry ..

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    Just yesterday this couple was saying they felt fine.
    I’m starting to think that the only reason why this is the largest cluster of cases outside of China is only because some passengers were routinely tested.
    Imagine how many people are currently walking around infected.

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    The ventilation on the cruise ship is going to spread the virus among the passengers! They must go to a better place for quarantine. This is literally horrible what the passengers are going through.

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    Bring out your dead bring out your dead bring out your dead

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    Truth about chinese coronavirus and communist chinese government: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3COpSwGWc4Q

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    Send the ship back to the Britain, which is actually owned by them.

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    Did you all hear? Everything will be fine. It’s only been 3 month and almost 100k cases so stop worrying
    Everything’s fine

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    They're letting the people off the ship…. WHAT! where's WHO IN ALL THIS… huh? Well where are they…..

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    Well…. Japan is in danger. Seriously.

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    May God bless and heal David and Shirley

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    It's good that they will receive treatment, no more delays, no more denial. It's better treated sooner than later. It can be fatal if treated later

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    British is very slow in this rescue mission.

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    Impossible there doing like 274 per day cremations for one crematorium alone…there are 51. Each one has several incinerators.

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    I think the only reason the healthy passengers kept contracting the virus was because they were on the ship.

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    ☠☠This's not just flu, a bio chemical weapon people made to contagious, destroy their humanities, and ruined ours world ☠☠😱😷😢

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    The Chinese Dr. Peter Liu and other nutritionists are saying that we all need to upload our immunity system as the virus will be everywhere.
    That at some point it will work in many as a vaccine not even put them sick but that we need to upload/activate our Inactive Immunity System by staying nacked at the Sun (not behind glass) during 10m per day when the Sun is harder, to activate the vitamin D in our body. WITHOUT SUN BLOCKER. That babies born with a high level of the vitamin D. That is not like the doctors etc say.
    ALSO AS SUPPLEMENT: VITAMIN D DOSES:
    FOR CHILDREN: 200 UNITS PER KG DAILY.
    FOR ADULTS: 10 THOUSAND UNITS PER EACH 50KG, DAILY.
    THE NUTRITIONISTS SAY IT WILL TAKE 2 MONTHS TO GET OUR BODY IMMUNITY SYSTEM AT ITS BEST WITH THIS VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTS/TABLETS.
    ALSO WE SHOULD TAKE VITAMIN C WITH ZINC.
    HAVING OUR SHOWER WITH COLD AND HOT AND THAN COLD WATER. STARTING WITH COLD AND FINISHING IT WITH COLD. TO ACTIVATE THE IMMUNITY SYSTEM.
    ONE OF THIS DOCTORS IS DR. LAIR RIBEIRO. HE WORKED AS A TEACHER IN 2 USA UNIVERSITIES. HE HAS SEVERAL BOOKS WRITTEN IN SEVERAL LANGUAGES.
    CRISTIANO RONALDO FOLLOWS IS ADVISES REGARDING NUTRITION.
    THEY SAY NOTHING CAN STOP THE VIRUS FROM SPREAD BUT OUR IMMUNITY SYSTEM CAN FIGHT IT AND WE CAN LIVE WITH IT.
    DR. PETER LIU SAYS WE SHOULDN'T TAKE PARACETAMOL TO PUT THE FEVER DOWN BUT TO TAKE GINGER TEA TO HELP THE FEVER TO EXPEL THE VIRUS (ANY VIRUS. THE FEVER IT'S THE IMMUNITY SYSTEM PUTTING IT OUT OF OUR BODY), AND WARM OURSELVES UNDER A BLANKET THAT THE FEVER WILL END TO GO.
    THAT THE PARACETAMOL PUTTING THE FEVER DOWN IS KEEPING THE VIRUS IN OUR BODY (ANY VIRUS).

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    What should happen – is that every time a person contracts the virus…the quarantine period starts over. The people should remain on the cruise ship or be taken to Japanese hospitals. No one should be allowed to leave to go home. I am not insensitive to their plight but the probability that others will get this is close to 80%. Why put so many others in potential danger and risk the real spread of this virus?

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    They obviously don’t understand the concept of quarantine, cabins with connected ventilation is not a quarantine, walking on deck in close contact with the rest of the ship is not quarantine, non-medically trained personnel who are breathing the same infected air & touching the same contaminated surfaces preparing your food is not a quarantine. They & I mean the whole ship don’t have a chance. Hoping for the best but this thing has me reeeally concerned.

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    That whole ship is contaminated…it is being spread around, that ship is not a good place to be….

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    Wtf ??? They’re letting them off the ship????? That’s just crazy!!!!!!! They’re all infected

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    My Chinese Friend said.. Chinese Goverment use ARMY Strategi SILENT KILL for his CITIZEN People Country.. He call for Wake Up Together & Protest Komunisme Goverment..!! ✊😠

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    they were DOSED and now being sent home…..

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    Prayers for them!🙏❤🇺🇸

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    sad they are infecting everyone on that damn ship

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    the crew is getting feverish, as the body starts to pump adreniline in order to fight the virus, behavior becomes more hyper

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