Valentine’s Day on the coronavirus-struck Diamond Princess cruise ship involved gifts of iPhones, chocolate, and roses — with masked dancing below-deck

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Passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been under quarantine since February 4. They only get to go out and stroll around outside for about an hour, if that, and they are cleaning their own rooms.
On Valentine’s Day, there was dancing below-deck in the kitchen, and all rooms were distributed with an iPhone for medical support from the Japanese government.
The first group of healthy people was also allowed to leave the ship. 11 elderly passengers have opted to serve the rest of their quarantine on dry land, but approximately 3,500 others are still on board.

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It’s been 25 days since the passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship were last allowed to set foot on dry land.

They’ve been under a government-imposed 14-day quarantine in the port of Yokohama since their two-week cruise was slated to end on February 4. That’s when Japanese health ministry officials came aboard and discovered an initial 10 people were sick with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Since then, at least 218 passengers and crew on the ship — which was originally carrying more than 3,700 people — have been diagnosed with the virus, and taken ashore for medical care. This is by far the largest number of COVID-19 infections outside of mainland China.

Business as usual has changed significantly on the ship. Passengers have been making their own beds, scrubbing their own toilets, receiving room service-only meals from perpetually gloved and masked crew members, and counting down the days until February 19, when their quarantine is now scheduled to end.

On Valentine’s Day aboard the ship, passengers were gifted with roses, chocolates, and (courtesy of the Japanese health ministry) new iPhones, featuring a special app for medical support. More than 2,000 extra prescription medications have also been brought on board, crewmembers said.

Dinner on Friday was a choice between shrimp “Valentine,” coq au vin, or a potato tart.

お花が届きました🌹#ダイヤモンドプリンセス #DiamondPrincess #CoronavirusOutbreak #Quarantine #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/xodPm2m33h

— だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客) (@daxa_tw) February 14, 2020

夜ごはんが届きました。dinner. 20:23#ダイヤモンドプリンセス #DiamondPrincess #CoronavirusOutbreak #Quarantine #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/xfsicJlP4q

— だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客) (@daxa_tw) February 14, 2020

iPhone 6sが届きました。簡単な説明書も。英語でも書かれています。下船時に返却。#ダイヤモンドプリンセス #DiamondPrincess #CoronavirusOutbreak #Quarantine #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/4E85x7GjeD

— だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中乗客) (@daxa_tw) February 14, 2020

Kids on board drew pictures, and the crew shared a dance below deck.

#day9 #coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #Quarantined on #diamondprincesscruise my son draw a #ValentinesDay card for the #crewsquarantined. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY 🌹🌷🌹💋❤️❤️ #HanginthereDiamondPrincess pic.twitter.com/JlrjcHTihM

— Yardley Wong (@yardley_wong) February 13, 2020

We all know that we were facing a crisis here in Diamond Princess due to NCoV but hey we still managed to smile, laugh and dance. For our Family and Friends to know that we were Ok here and We Will Stand Together As …read more

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