All guests on the Diamond Princess have disembarked, 23-days after the start of the quarantine on February 4, Princess Cruises confirms.
There are currently fewer than 500 crew members still on board, with some awaiting government charter flights, according to the line statement.
“For those team members who will not depart by government charter flights, we have finalized plans with the Japan Ministry of Health for a quarantine shoreside facility in Japan,” says the line.
Princess Cruises has hired Aspen Medical, an Australia-based, award-winning and WHO-certified company with extensive global experience in delivering public health services, to provide team members with health and wellbeing care during a quarantine at a land-based center in Japan.
Aspen Medical will deploy as many as 60 professionals including clinically certified doctors, nurses and environmental health officers along with operations personnel. The company will also provide services like daily health checks, laundry services, meal service, housekeeping service and assist with recreational activities at the facility.
This secondary quarantine is required by the Japan Ministry of Health, out of an abundance of caution, to ensure the health and well-being of each team member. Aspen Medical will be operating under the direction of the Japan Ministry of Health, which is ultimately responsible for the quarantine.
Of 3,700 passengers and crew onboard Diamond Princess, 705 of them were confirmed with coronavirus and the fourth infected passenger died this week.