What it's like to be quarantined for the coronavirus

Meanwhile... passengers of a cruise ship where 218 people became infected with coronavirus have spent over a week quarantined off Japan's coast. They spoke to Brut. about what their day-to-day has been like.

Coronavirus: a cruise liner in quarantine

Since February 5th, 3711 people have been confined on board the "Diamond Princess" off the port of Yokohama, in Japan. David Abel has been isolated in his cabin with his wife for 11 days. "We are definitely no longer on a luxury cruise", laughs the British man. Every day, he films himself with his smartphone to document the evolution of the coronavirus epidemic on the cruise liner with limited food options, rare walks on the bridge, and more. Distractions are rare for David, who is waiting to be tested.

"If it was a movie, it would be rather boring"

David is one of 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members of a Japanese cruise ship quarantined since February 3 due to the discovery of a man who contracted coronavirus. Since the start of the quarantine, 218 people have been infected with the virus on board the ship. He left Tokyo on January 20 and returned from a two-week cruise between Japan, China and Vietnam. If the tests are positive - for David or for his partner - he says he is afraid of being separated from her for the first time in 50 years. Never mind, he consoles himself as best he can and is delighted to have been able - finally - to drink a glass of whiskey supplied by the Japanese authorities. "If it were a film, it would be rather boring," said Alice, a Canadian student who was also placed in quarantine on the ship.

Some passengers may have their stay extended

"We must act as quickly as possible to separate healthy people from infected people", said a very worried member of the crew. The Japanese authorities put the liner under quarantine the day they learned that a former passenger was carrying the coronavirus. The 80-year-old man had landed in Hong Kong nine days earlier. On this liner, half of the passengers are Japanese. There are also Chinese, Russians, English, Australians and four French on board. So far, only a fifth of the passengers have been screened by Japanese authorities. Four to six hours are required before the results can be delivered. Authorities have announced that quarantine is expected to last until February 19, but some passengers may have their stay extended if they have been in contact with recently detected cases.


02/16/2020 2:58 PM


  • Rachel B.
    05/06/2020 02:51

    Thank you for shareing this very interesting,very informative Video and I really pray that each and everyone on this video talking,telling of there experience,gets off safely, back home,safe and sound.This is one cruse I'm sure will never be forgotten!

  • Evelyn C.
    04/19/2020 20:43

    Very interesting video and that was Febuary,,,

  • Isabel M.
    04/14/2020 12:45

    Well deserved prison. Who on their sane mind goes on a cruise in the middle of a pandemic? Idiot

  • Tina B.
    04/13/2020 20:05

    Why dose he keep laughing?????

  • Dan M.
    04/10/2020 16:59

    Who cares

  • Irene E.
    04/08/2020 21:48

    Hope all are doing well

  • Malcolm M.
    04/04/2020 10:48

    wawa Be grateful

  • Christine G.
    03/30/2020 03:57

    I would rather be on the cruse ship. Japan took better care of the Americans then America does????!!!!!!

  • Walter D.
    03/30/2020 02:18

    Who Cares!!!

  • Margaret C.
    03/28/2020 18:37

    I really dont care what you have to do, if its to protect the entire planet just get on with it, man up

  • Andy J.
    03/27/2020 14:51

    I bet their days are better than ours on board !

  • Sue L.
    03/27/2020 13:45

    And even after this, cruise ships continued to operate after February and into March and passengers from the Ruby Princess disembarked for the day at Napier New Zealand, consequently infecting dozens of people. Why are we such slow learners?!

  • Renee T.
    03/24/2020 18:13

    It’s already Beene determined by the WHO that it’s not transferable via food. Sounds like then Japanese are blowing smoke....American Consulate needs to get involved!

  • Marvel V.
    03/24/2020 17:23


  • Sheri A.
    03/24/2020 04:43

    What happened with all of them???

  • Sheri A.
    03/24/2020 04:38

    What's so funny???or maybe its nerves

  • Mel A.
    03/19/2020 09:49

  • Chris T.
    03/17/2020 22:51

    I thought it was gary glitter. I had to look twice! 😂

  • Savita W.
    03/17/2020 22:11

    Pray God will see you all through. My prayers are with you all .

  • Shayan K.
    03/17/2020 19:18

    a sad cruise trip.

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