Indian crew on stranded ship sends sos to PM Modi

65 new coronavirus cases confirmed on cruise ship docked in Japan

Enlarge Image The Diamond Princess cruise ship is currently docked in Yokohama Japan. JIJI PRESS AFP via Getty Images

After this, crew members are scared.

Diamond Princess had sailed from Japan's Yokohama on January 20. Only 500 samples have been taken so far and there are over 3,700 crew members and passengers on board the ship.

Medical teams, including DPAT (Disaster Psychiatric Assistance Team), arrived Tuesday morning as the confirmed number of passengers with the virus rose to 135, making a total of 150 in Japan. They've been quarantined at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal ever since their arrival.

"The period will be extended beyond the 19 Feb as appropriate only for close contacts of newly confirmed cases".

Approximately 3,600 passengers and crew members were scheduled to be isolated aboard the ship through February 19 to prevent the spread of the deadly pneumonia-causing virus in Japan.

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A group of Indian crew members have been sharing videos on Facebook since Thursday, begging their government to rescue them.

The Japan Times, which first reported the increase, said the passengers will be able to disembark after test results become available. The contracts for some crew members expired last week but they still have to keep working until the 19th, he said.

Authorities have continued to test people for the virus where "necessary", the statement added. "There are 160 Indians among the crew along with 8 Indian passengers", he said in the video. "Right now, only those who are reporting more than 37.5 degrees C of body temperature are being tested".

"Please save us. Life is more important than a job", he told Deccan Chronicle via a phone message. "What's the point if something happens (to us).I want to tell the government of India, Modi-ji, please segregate us and bring us back home safely", he said.

A constant worry, though, is "who will be next".

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"We are in a much more pleasant setting than we were on the ship", said Clyde Smith, 80, from his hospital room in western Tokyo, where he was evacuated after he and his wife tested positive.

Courter and her husband Phil Courter, 77, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, are stuck on the Diamond Princess, which is docked in the Japanese city of Yokohama.

The ship departed from Hong Kong on February 1st with more than 2,200 people on board.

The health ministry said Monday that around 600 people on board urgently needed medication, and around half received supplies over the weekend.

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