Bryan Doyle says the luxury liner has become an ‘incubator’ for the highly infectious coronavirus.
Doyle and his wife, Lucie Mauro, have appealed to the Canadian embassy in Japan and Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa to take them off the ship — along with the other Canadian passengers — and fly them back home. But Canadian authorities have ignored their pleas, Doyle charged.
“This virus is now infecting the crew,” he added. “Once this thing gets into the crew, it’s just going to blow completely apart. Although we’re isolated, we’re eating the food that they prepare. So we feel like we’re sitting ducks here.”
The U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention warns that “cruise ship travel presents a unique combination of health concerns.”
“Travellers from diverse regions brought together in the often crowded, semi-enclosed environments on board ships can facilitate the spread of person-to-person, food-borne, or water-borne diseases,” the CDC added. “Outbreaks on ships can be sustained for multiple voyages by transmission among crew members who remain onboard or by persistent environmental contamination.”
A Global Affairs Canada spokesperson sidestepped the question of whether the federal government would spirit Canadian citizens off the Diamond Princess. Sylvain Leclerc said Global Affairs has “conveyed (to the cruise line) the medical requirements for Canadian passengers.”