The cruise ship Diamond Princess was quarantined for more than two weeks leading to much more coronavirus infected passengers compared to when they’d have disembarked instantly, revealed research conducted at Umea University in Sweden.
“The infection rate onboard the boat was roughly four times greater than that which could be viewed on property in the infected regions of China. A likely cause is how near men and women remain to one another onboard a boat,” states Joacim Rocklov, Professor of epidemiology at Umea University and chief writer of this report.
Following an individual traveling to the railway ship Diamond Princess disembarked at Hong Kong and has been tested positive for the coronavirus, Japanese police chose to disallow the 3,700 passengers on board to depart the boat when it touched Yokohama.
Passengers who showed signs of disease have been separated by other passengers. After the quarantine in Yokohama was eliminated and passengers could eventually disembark, a total of 619 passengers were infected from the coronavirus.
“If the boat was instantly evacuated upon arrival at Yokohama, and the passengers that tested positive for the coronavirus and possibly other people in the danger zone was cared for, the situation would have appeared quite different. Some that drops short of this over 600 passengers that the quarantine led to. The precautionary step of putting the whole boat under quarantine was clear, but on account of the high risk of transmitting to the boat, the choice is currently questionable,” states Joacim Rocklov.
At precisely the same time, the analysis also demonstrates that if the precautionary measures of isolating possible carriers hadn’t been completed on board, the other 2,300 individuals would have been infected.