The death toll has risen to 1,018 by Tuesday with almost 43,090 diagnosed with the Coronavirus raising alarm across the globe. With the death toll crossing the global outbreak of SARS, World Health Organization (WHO) which previously declared the virus as a global health emergency, has now sent a special team of experts to China to take note of the ground reality. The WHO group in China is led by Bruce Aylward will also look into the death of whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, and the subsequent censorship of that news.
Meanwhile, Diamond Princess cruise ship registered the single largest outbreak outside China. So far, 135 people have tested positive for the virus on the cruise ship which is currently docked in Yokohama. According to the reports, examinations are still going on over the passengers who have been held under quarantine for almost a week. On this note, a video surfaced where the Indian passengers lashed out on the ship operators of Princess Cruises. Several Indian crew members were seen appealing the Indian government to send help.
“Our request is to segregate the crew members from the infected. Only people who are recording temperatures higher than 37.5 degree Celsius are being checked,” said one of the pre members who claimed to carry no virus. Sources stated that there are 160 Indian crew members and 8 Indian passengers on board. On the other hand, Princess Cruises refused to respond to the health condition of the passengers and crew members.