Journalists work near the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship sitting at the Yokohama Port on Monday.

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  • The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been under quarantine since February 4, after several guests were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.
  • There are more than 3,500 passengers and crew members stranded on the ship, which was scheduled to dock a week ago.
  • The number of people from the ship who’ve been diagnosed with the coronavirus has ballooned to at least 174. Many have been let off the boat for treatment, while for others who are healthy, the quarantine is scheduled to last until next Wednesday.
  • People aboard have had mixed reactions, with some loving the room-service treatment and others desperate to get off and find more booze.
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The Diamond Princess cruise ship, which can house up to 3,770 passengers and crew members, boasts the largest Japanese bath at sea and typically offers over 20 bars and restaurants for passengers to choose from.

Now it holds another distinction as a temporary sick bay for the largest number of people with the coronavirus outside of mainland China: at least 174 cases so far.

The entire ship is now on lockdown until next Wednesday — seven more days of mandatory room service. Have a look.

The Diamond Princess has become a floating home to 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members in the port of Yokohama, Japan.

Inside the Diamond Princess.

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The passengers and crew members were supposed to finish up a 14-day cruise on February 4. Instead, Japanese public-health officials climbed on board in protective suits and discovered 10 cases of the novel coronavirus.

The cruise line suspects the contagion started sometime after January 20, when a man from Hong Kong boarded the ship in Japan.

Medical workers in protective suits on the Diamond Princess.

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The man stayed on board for five days, then disembarked in his hometown. He was diagnosed with the coronavirus on February 1, alerting health officials to a potential outbreak on the Diamond Princess.

Since the ship has been quarantined, at least 174 of the roughly 3,700 passengers and crew members have tested positive for the new virus.

Officials in protective suits driving an ambulance near the Diamond Princess.

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The coronavirus spreads easily through close contact between people. Because testing takes a day or more and involves filling machines with spit and mucus samples, it’s not practical to test every one of the thousands of people on board.

The medical staff on board is made up of “45 doctors, 55 nurses, 45 pharmacists, most of whom are volunteers,” a crew member told passengers on Tuesday.

—Matthew Smith (@mjswhitebread) February 10, 2020

Source: Twitter

Passengers have been tweeting pictures of their meals and giving the room service mixed reviews.

—Shannon (@shannonvo) February 10, 2020

One passenger has posted photos on Twitter of just about every meal served aboard the ship — with few complaints.

—Matthew Smith (@mjswhitebread) February 10, 2020

Another person, however, was less than thrilled about the distribution of noodles.

—Shannon (@shannonvo) February 11, 2020

In addition to the food and drinks, passengers were also given face masks.

—Matthew Smith (@mjswhitebread) February 10, 2020

Crew members are wearing them too.

A crew member on the Diamond Princess on Sunday.

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Even as down below deck some people were begging to be rescued.

The masks are not great at preventing wearers from contracting the novel coronavirus, but they may help protect others from being exposed.

A crew member does maintenance aboard the Diamond Princess on Sunday.

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Passengers in interior staterooms on the Diamond Princess are allowed to step out on deck for some precious fresh air …

A pool on the deck of the Diamond Princess in 2019.

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… But only if they wear masks.

Passengers stroll on the deck of the Diamond Princess docked at the port of Yokohama on February 7, 2020.

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One Australian family staying in a bunked interior room were let outside for an hour on Friday, their first time in the fresh air since the previous Tuesday, BuzzFeed News reported.

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Public-health experts have advised people to maintain a 6-foot distance to keep the virus from spreading. But that can be difficult in the close quarters of a cruise ship.

—Yardley Wong (@yardley_wong) February 11, 2020

Most of the time, passengers are stuck in their rooms.

A room on the Diamond Princess.

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The most affordable rooms aboard the Diamond Princess have no windows or balcony.

View of an interior cabin aboard the Diamond Princess, February 6, 2020.

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At about 160 square feet, they’re the size of a shipping container and include either two twin beds, one queen bed, or, in some cases, bunk beds.

Sick passengers have been taken ashore for medical care.

Officials in protective suits near the quarantined Diamond Princess.

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A crew member said on Tuesday that 65 people with newly diagnosed cases of the coronavirus were getting off the ship and that officials were “prioritizing cases for disembarkation based on immediate need.”

Since then, 39 more cases of the novel coronavirus, named COVID-19, have been diagnosed on board.

“We have to remember that quarantines protect those outside the quarantine, not those within,” John Lynch, an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Washington, told The New York Times.

Passengers stand on the balcony of the Diamond Princess on Friday.

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Source: New York Times

The ship has added eight TV channels to the rooms and started offering activity packages for kids.

—だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中) (@daxa_tw) February 10, 2020

Diamond Princess announced on the second day of the quarantine that, in addition to the extra TV channels, it would add more than 80 video-on-demand releases to its offerings and lots of trivia and games for people to pass the time.

Disinfect before you sudoku, though.

One crew member said they were doling out an “unprecedented amount of bandwidth” on the ship for people to stay connected.

A passenger holds up her mobile phone while standing on the balcony of her cabin on February 10, 2020.

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