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  1. Welcome to the Royal Caribbean, Such a lovely place (such a lovely place) Such a lovely face. Plenty of room at the Royal Caribbean, Quarantines are here (this time of year) you can find it here Last thing I remember, I was Running for the door I had to find the passage back to the place I was before 'Relax' said the CDC man, 'We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave!'
  2. The cruise line operator Royal Caribbean has said it will refuse any passengers with Chinese, Hong Kong or Macao passports, regardless of when they were last in China. The remarkable statement comes after reports that about two dozen passengers aboard a cruise ship that docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Friday morning were screened for coronavirus and four were sent to a local hospital for further screening. In a statement published on its website,
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    Royal Caribbean said that none of the four passengers tested showed clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus, although one tested positive onboard for flu. However, the company said it would be adopting a number of health screening protocols, including the following: Any guests holding a Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macau passport, regardless of when they were there last, will not be allowed to board our ships. Any guest or crew member that has been in contact (which the CDC defines as 6 feet or 2 meters) with someone that has traveled from, to, or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau less than 15 days.
  3. CDC only updating site on Mon/Wed/Fri instead of daily now? Anyone else find this suspicious that instead of daily updates as it had been for at least a week....on 2/5 the CDC decided to change to only updating their info 3 times a week. Suspicious. I think US cases will rise today on update, and not again until Monday when it should be sooo many more....maybe try to prevent mass panic over the weekend? Thoughts? Also hardly any news about possible cases out for testing in the US over the past couple days.
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  4. If this was in a US harbor, US federal law would give each American citizen the right to a hearing within 3 days of being quarantined and right to counsel. One question on this for Japanese liner is whether Japanese national law would even follow WHO protocol. It’s in Japanese water so Japanese law would apply I think. Not sure they have due process like we do under USA constitution.
  5. Book 2 weeks, get 50 weeks free! Enjoy some Corona while soaking up sunset! Join us in the main dining hall for secondary bacterial infection buffet! Follow that by enjoying our new show in the theatre, starring Tami Flu.
  6. On Cruise Ship Quarantined In Japan, Any New Cases Would Reset The Isolation Clock: Quote: “People who are quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess in Japan have been wondering how long their isolation would last. On Friday, a health official gave an answer they might not like: the quarantine will be extended every time a new case of the Wuhan coronavirus is confirmed on the ship. The coronavirus quarantine that has kept some 3,700 people aboard the cruise ship is currently set to expire on Feb. 19 – but that date would be reset if any new samples from people on the ship test positive for the virus, Dr. Michael Ryan, executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said Friday.”
  7. 2,600 of the 3,711 passengers and crew on board the Diamond Princess had also temporarily gone sightseeing ashore in the city, raising fears of having spread the deadly new coronavirus on the island inhabitants. Such a scenario arose a few days ago after a bus driver in Japan had contracted the virus after ferrying passengers who were tourists from China, even though the driver he himself had never recently visited Wuhan the epicentre of the outbreak. "Our staff members are verifying whether any passengers who left the Diamond Princess had spread the virus while it was docked in the city.
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  8. "Coronaviruses last up to nine days on jacks and bells" Coronaviruses can remain on surfaces and become infectious for up to nine days at room temperature. On average, they survive four to five days, writes a research team from Greifswald and Bochum in the "Journal of Hospital Infection". "Cold and high humidity are still increasing their service life," Günter Kampf of the Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine at the University Medicine Greifswald said on Friday.Since there is no specific therapy against coronaviruses, the prevention of contagion is important. Like all droplet infections, the virus spreads through hands and surfaces, which are often touched. "In the hospital, for example, these can be doorknobs, but also bells, bedside tables, bed frames and other objects in the immediate vicinity of patients," Kampf explained. Together with virologist Eike Steinmann from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Kampf had compiled findings from studies on coronaviruses and their inactivation for a planned textbook. Based on the current situation, they published the scientific facts in advance. They assume that their findings on other coronaviruses are transmissible to the new virus 2019-nCoV. "Different coronaviruses were studied, and the results were all similar," Steinmann explained.For disinfection, the researchers recommend means based on ethanol, hydrogen peroxide or sodium hypochlorite. Applying these in the right concentration, they drastically reduced the number of infectious coronaviruses within one minute – from one million to only 100 disease-causing particles. If preparations are used on a different drug basis, they should at least have a limited effect against viruses. "As a rule, this is enough to significantly reduce the risk of contagion," Kampf said. Other researchers had previously advised more frequent hand washing. (dpa)
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  9. British couple David and Sally Abel are being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan, where the deadly coronavirus has now spread to over 60 people. A friend who they dined with nearly everyday on the ship has contracted the virus and was taken to hospital. Despite the possibility of catching the infection, they remain calm and positive, telling Jackie Long: "We can either crash and crumble or we can face it." The Diamond Princess cruise ship was placed under quarantine when it approached Yokohama on Monday evening.

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