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Arizona family onboard cruise ship quarantined near Japan

Coronavirus cases on cruise ship docked near Japan
Cruise ship quarantined in Japan
Posted at 6:43 PM, Feb 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 15:24:43-05

PHOENIX — A Valley woman is concerned for the health and safety of six relatives quarantined on a cruise ship near Japan.

"I want my family home. They deserve to be home," said Phoenix resident Jody Duncan about her family on the quarantined ship. "They're stuck. No windows. Nothing."

Duncan said none of her family members have contracted coronavirus and were supposed to return Tuesday from a two-week cruise on Diamond Princess.

The passengers are currently limited to their cabins, and the hallways are patrolled by people in hazmat suits.

"They all have to wear masks. They all have to wear gloves. They are not really allowed to communicate," said Duncan. She says her family was recently given a deck of cards to help pass the time, and despite having cabins next to other family members, they are not allowed in each others cabin.

Duncan's family told her passengers are also required to stay one meter apart from each other.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship has 61 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the ship currently near Japan.

More than 3,000 passengers are aboard the ship.

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