Coronavirus-Hit Japan Cruise Ship, Over 100 Indians Urge PM Modi For Rescue : Please Save Us
Indian crew members of a Japanese cruise ship made an anxious appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian government to rescue them in a video. After several people on-board were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
The cruise ship, called Diamond Princess, was carrying 3,711 people when it arrived in Japan’s Yokohama last week. It has been quarantined there since after a passenger who de-boarded in Hong Kong in January was found to be carrying the virus.
Crew member Binay Kumar Sarkar is seen speaking in the video with other mask-on staffers in the backdrop. He said that about 60 passengers and crew have been tested positive for the virus on the ship, and they desperately appeal to the Indian government and the United Nations to take note of the matter.
“Out of 3,700 people on-board, they have only checked 500 samples for coronavirus. No crew member has been tested yet,” Sarkar claimed, pointing to his fellow staffers.
Indian Embassy in Tokyo on Monday tweeted the information about the Indians on the ship.
“Many Indian crew & some Indian passengers are onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined off Japan due to Coronavirus (nCoV),” it tweeted, without giving a specific number of Indians on the ship.