Six more coronavirus cases on Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises said an additional
six cases of coronavirus were confirmed on the Diamond Princess this weekend,
bringing the total cases to 69. But as of now, the ship’s quarantine date will
not reset. 

The World Health Organization said that the quarantine will come
to an end on Feb. 19 and will only be extended beyond that date for close
contacts of newly confirmed cases. 

Some 2,600 passengers on the Diamond Princess are
quarantined in Japan due to a coronavirus outbreak on the ship.

Princess said it is looking for “the most effective ways to
help keep guests healthy, which includes mental health. Telephone access has
been arranged for guests experiencing mental stress with trained counselors who
can provide support.”

Princess president Jan Swartz said in a video on Twitter
that she was just in Japan and that Princess has shifted additional resources
to the country. She also explained what Princess is doing for the ship’s
passengers and the coordinated response between the line, various governments
and global health organizations to confront “this unprecedented situation.”

Our global team is working tirelessly to continue supporting #DiamondPrincess guests and crew during this challenging time. As onboard needs continue to evolve, here’s an update on our current priorities. We will continue to provide updates as available: https://t.co/UBg4pIrrYI pic.twitter.com/IBSvpay7lD

Princess also said it has enhanced in-room television
programming, including an additional 50 movies and fitness and exercise videos such
as tai chi and yoga. It is distributing newspapers to guests in 30 languages. 

Many people on the ship uploaded videos to Twitter showing
them walking the decks of the ship with masks on, getting fresh air and
sunlight. 

Princess said that it would refund the full
cruise fare for all passengers, including air travel, hotel, ground
transportation, prepaid shore excursions, gratuities and other items.  Passengers are not being charged for any
onboard incidental charges during the additional time onboard, the line said.

Princess will give passengers a future cruise credit
equal to the cruise fare paid for the cruise which ended on Feb. 4. 

The company said crew members will receive their designated
gratuities for the work performed. In
Twitter posts, passengers continued to praise the ship’s crew cruise for their
efforts. 

Princess stepping up its game with food service on #DiamondPrincess. Don't believe the honeymooners who would rather be in an American hospital. You might have to drag me off the ship when the quarantine ends. pic.twitter.com/JA4fb2C54S

“Princess stepping up its game with food service on
#DiamondPrincess. Don’t believe the honeymooners who would rather be in an
American hospital. You might have to drag me off the ship when the quarantine
ends,” said one passenger, to which another
responded: “The crew is doing an unbelievable job under unbelievable conditions
to keep our spirits up and needs met. They deserve all of the praise.”

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