23 Americans aboard cruise ship in Japan contact coronavirus
U.S. citizen Rebecca Frasure has been in the isolation ward of a Tokyo hospital since Friday.
Frasure and her husband were supposed to be enjoying themselves on a cruise around Asia but she’s now among the 135 people aboard the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“I haven’t seen the outside of my room since I got here,” Frasure told ABC News in a telephone interview from her hospital room on Monday. “Just never think that something like this is going to happen when you’re just on vacation, living life. So, yeah, it was pretty shocking.”
The cruise ship has been quarantined at sea in the Japanese port of Yokohama since arriving there on Feb. 3, according to Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. All those infected with the newly identified virus have been brought ashore for treatment, while the other passengers — including Frasure’s husband — remain confined to their rooms on board until the quarantine period ends.
“He’s holding up fine. You know, it’s difficult to be separated in this way,” Frasure said of her husband. “We’re just kind of taking it in stride and FaceTiming and such as we can.”