Amid a media frenzy covering the status of 3,700 passengers and crew members from more than 50 countries, Smith has posted on Twitter that people should not be misled by rumors on the internet that remaining in the ship is risky, showing images of meals and citing reassuring inboard announcements. Of those, 355 people tested positive.
The embassy has also said that it is constantly in touch with the Japanese authorities to ensure the well being of all the Indian nationals on board the ship, who in response confirmed that they had been following the designated health protocols.
China has reported 143 new virus deaths and a dip in new cases while the head of the World Health Organization has praised the country's efforts to contain the disease.
"I am very disillusioned with the United Kingdom", said David Abel, who has been livestreaming videos from his cabin in the stricken ship, now in Yokohama.
The preparations come as NSW Health said passengers arriving into Sydney on some cruise ships will be assessed by experts as a precautionary measure.
"We've got it better than a lot of passengers because we have a balcony", Ricky Kineavy said.
The vessel has been in quarantine since February 5 at the port of Yokohama, and Japan's efforts to control the viral infections on board have prompted worldwide concern. That only clarifies our point that this quarantine could be wrong and that we should have left.
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Seventy new cases of COVID-19 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama have been confirmed, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato announced Sunday morning during an NHK news program.
"We are seeing infection cases that we are unable to trace back their transmission routes", he told reporters.
About 380 Americans are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has docked at Yokohama, a port city southwest of Tokyo. "We are working closely with Carnival Cruise Lines and the Government of Japan to assist in this evacuation". "The people of Japan did not deserve this".
The United States, Canada and Hong Kong are sending aircraft to Japan to bring back their citizens on board the ship.
"My health is fine".
Buses will move Americans and their belongings from the ship to the chartered plane, and the evacuees will be screened for symptoms before boarding, the email read.
"Of course, in contravention of the rules of quarantine, she's not wearing a face mask, and she's talking with a passenger on the adjacent balcony". "It's just a little bit disappointing that we'll have to go through quarantine again, and we will probably not be as comfortable as the Diamond Princess, possibly".
Speaking this morning, Mr Abel, from Oxfordshire, said: 'Don't you want the English people home?