Virus-stricken ship still better than HK: passenger - RTHK
A A A
Temperature Humidity
News Archive Can search within past 12 months

Virus-stricken ship still better than HK: passenger

2020-02-07 HKT 15:08
Share this story facebook
  • Virus-stricken ship still better than HK: passenger
  • A Hong Kong passenger stuck on the cruise ship says staff are looking after them well, with all the food, medication and face masks they need. Photo: RTHK
    A Hong Kong passenger stuck on the cruise ship says staff are looking after them well, with all the food, medication and face masks they need. Photo: RTHK
Joanne Wong reports
A Hong Kong woman on a cruise ship anchored off Japan that has its own coronavirus outbreak says passengers are being well looked after, and she would rather be stuck there during the current emergency than struggling during the "mess" in the SAR.

The woman, surnamed Ng, has been confined to a 280-square-foot room on the Diamond Princess, along with a friend, since Monday.

The vessel was quarantined off Yokohama after a former passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong last month, was diagnosed with the virus.

Dozens more people from the ship have tested positive since, including at least three Hongkongers.

But Ng told RTHK's Joanne Wong that she is perfectly content at the moment, with sudoku puzzles and the internet to help pass the time, face masks dished out on board, and free medication for those who need it.

"I feel good at this moment, maybe because I'm so lucky that I got a room with a balcony so I can have a chance to get some fresh air," Ng said.

"I would prefer to stay here rather than go back to Hong Kong. I would be more worried about the arrangements in Hong Kong. As I can see from the news from Hong Kong, it's a mess. They have no masks and everybody has to go out to the supermarkets to get cleaning things. Here, at least I can ask the crew for the cleaning agents and I can clean up myself."

Ng was also full of praise for the Japanese authorities, saying they have given her and her friend medication they need for diabetes and high cholesterol, and at no charge.

Ng said passengers are going to take turns to go up to the deck in groups for some fresh air. They have been told to wear masks and keep their distance from each other, she said

"They [the officials] are caring. You know they have even upgraded their internet so that we can use it and everybody can keep in touch with the outside world."

Ng said they are spending their days watching TV, sitting on the balcony in the sunshine, and chatting to friends on the telephone.

She said they have also been keeping their loved ones up-to-date, by sending them pictures to reassure them they're doing well.