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Outbreak Onboard: The Diamond Princess

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Broadcaster:  Channel NewsAsia

This is the gripping story of how The Diamond Princess, a luxury cruise ship with over 3700 guests, became one of the world's worst Coronavirus hotspots. In February 2020, the ship was quarantined off the coast of Japan as hundreds of passengers tested positive for the virus and fourteen people died. As Chinese authorities were beginning to deal with the outbreak of the disease in Wuhan, The Diamond Princess became the largest site of infection outside China.

 

Coronavirus tore through the ship as authorities desperately scrambled to curb the spread of the infection by confining over 2500 passengers to their rooms. Within two weeks passengers and crew members were pleading with their governments to be taken off the ship. 

 

We take an in depth look at the response to this unprecedented situation. With insight from infectious diseases experts, and with personal stories from those in the midst of the unfolding drama, this documentary reveals how the holiday of a lifetime turned into the cruise from hell.  

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