Princess Cruises Missed Alert & Underestimated the Risk

 

An alert about a coronavirus infection sat in an unmonitored inbox.

A cruise doctor saw “no point” in disinfecting the ship.

 

The email to Princess Cruises was peppered with typos and awkward grammar, but the warning was unmistakable.

 

An 80-year-old passenger (Hong Kong) had tested positive for the novel coronavirus after getting off the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Hong Kong.

 

“Would kindly inform the ship-related parties and do the necessary disinfection,” Princess’s port representative wrote on Feb. 1, relaying a warning from Hong Kong health officials.

 

Nothing happened.

 

Princess says it believes the alert sat unread in unmonitored inboxes.

 

Grant Tarling, the company’s top doctor and the person in charge of responding to outbreaks, said he hadn’t learned about the infection until the following day — after being alerted to a post on social media.

 

After the infection was confirmed, company officials incorrectly assumed that the immediate risk was minimal because the sick passenger had disembarked.

 

Health authorities recommended action immediately.

 

“We advise thorough environmental cleansing and disinfection of the cruise,” Albert Lam, an epidemiologist for the Hong Kong government, wrote to the Princess Cruises on Feb. 2.

 

Princess Cruises says it stepped up cleaning "the next day".

 

But it initiated only the lowest-level protocols for outbreaks.

 

“There’s no point in going and start cleaning the ship when we really didn’t know what, if any, risk there was onboard,” Dr. Tarling said in an interview.

 

★THIS IS WRONG.

I wrote about it in the latter part of this page.

 

Dr. Tarling, the chief medical officer for Princess’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, oversaw the response from California, the Grand Princess.

 

Princess Cruises says it did the best job possible in the face of unprecedented challenges.

 

★THIS IS NOT TRUE.

I stated in the latter part of this page.

 

But in a series of interviews, Princess Cruises officials offered contradictory and changing accounts about their response.

 

In the end, nearly 48 hours elapsed between the alert on Feb. 1 and the captain’s announcement to the ship on Feb. 3 that a passenger had been infected, giving the virus time to spread.

 

Princess Cruises officials could not point to the social media post, or the platform, that they say tipped them off.

 

They said it took Dr. Tarling until the night of Feb. 2 to confirm that a former passenger had tested positive.

 

Company emails show that he knew by that morning.

 

In an email to a Hong Kong doctor, he listed the patient’s name, his hospital wing, his travelling companions and the date of the diagnosis.

 

The subject line of his email began:

“Confirmed Coronavirus Case.”

 

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<In a Nut Shell>

 

1st February

・Princess Cruises got to know their Hong Kong guest was infected with the virus via a warning from Hong Kong health officials

・Princess Cruises's port representative wrote “Would kindly inform the ship-related parties and do the necessary disinfection”

・No preventive measures

・Princess Cruises held recreations such as parties/games/plays/shows and opened restaurants/cafeteria/sauna as usual

 

2nd February

・Albert Lam, an epidemiologist for the Hong Kong government, wrote to Princess Cruises on Feb. 2 “We advise thorough environmental cleansing and disinfection of the cruise”

・Health authorities recommended action immediately

・Albert Lam, an epidemiologist for the Hong Kong government, wrote to Princess Cruises on Feb. 2 “We advise thorough environmental cleansing and disinfection of the cruise”

・In the Morning, Grant Tarling, Princess Cruises’s top doctor and the person in charge of responding to outbreaks, sent an email to HK doctor about the infected guests's information with a title "Confirmed Coronavirus Case"

・Grant Tarling says he got to know the infection via social media post in the Evening.

・No preventive measures

・Princess Cruises held recreations such as parties/games/plays/shows and opened restaurants/cafeteria/sauna as usual

 

3rd February

・Princess Cruises stepped up cleaning, but it initiated only the lowest-level protocols for outbreaks

・In the Evening, the captain’s announcement to the ship on Feb. 3 that a passenger had been infected

・No preventive measures

・Princess Cruises held recreations such as parties/games/plays/shows and opened restaurants/cafeteria/sauna as usual

 

4th February

・No preventive measures

・Princess Cruises held recreations such as parties/games/plays/shows and opened restaurants/cafeteria/sauna as usual

 

5th February

・The Japanese government started quarantine.

 

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/08/world/asia/coronavirus-cruise-ship.html

 

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★Princess Cruises Dr. Tarling said: “There’s no point in going and start cleaning the ship when we really didn’t know what, if any, risk there was onboard".

 

This is totally wrong.

 

Wuhan was locked down by 23rd January, the number of the infected was more than 570, and the dead was over 15.

 

The total number of the infected was more than 10,000 by the end of January (it is also widely reported by various media across the globe).

 

On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

 

The United States issued, on January 31, 2020 (local time), Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

 

<White House Proclamation>

 

 

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/

 

In the Proclamation, it is clearly stated "human-to-human transmission" and "Outbreaks of novel viral infections among people are always of public health concern, and older adults and people with underlying health conditions may be at increased risk".

 

Most of the passengers on the Diamond Princess were "older adults".

 

Plus, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan also announced this on its website (on 1st Feb).

 

<the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Japan / New Restrictions on Travel to the U.S. for non-U.S. Citizens>

 

 

https://jp.usembassy.gov/new-restrictions-on-us-travel/

 

The Princess cruise is based in the United States, and of course, they knew this executive order.

 

It is obvious that everybody across the globe knew, by the time of 2nd Feb, that this novel coronavirus was/is "infectious" and "contagious".

 

Also, Princess Cruises OFFICIALLY explains, on their website and their twitter, that "Our ships and medical staff are  well  equipped to prevent and contain the spread of contagious illnesses, including COVID-19".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In February 2016, Diamond Princess occurred NOROVIRUS outbreak sickening 158 passengers and crew on board, as confirmed after arrival in Sydney (by NSW Health).

 

On Feb 2020, Caribbean Princess occurred NOROVIRUS outbreaks TWICE in a month. 

Caribbean Princess is operated by Princess Cruises.

1st Norovirus Shot: at least 345 passengers & 26 crew members got sickened.

2nd Norovirus Shot: about 228 passengers and 17 crew members 

Detail...↓↓

https://ameblo.jp/facts-princess-cruises/entry-12579940185.html

 

It is obvious Princess Cruises's infectious diseases preventive measures are NOT AT ALL sufficient, and Princess Cruises had implemented NO PREVENTIVE MEASURES on the Diamond Princess.

 

 

★Princess Cruises says it did the best job possible in the face of unprecedented challenges.

 

This is not at all true.

 

Princess Cruises Did NOTHING on the Diamond Princess

 

When the cruise ship came to Yokohama port (Japan), all the passengers were sharing food in the cafeteria, and they were doing casinos, plays, and dances.

 

Even, saunas and restaurants reportedly used by infected man were open as usual.

 

Diamond Princess informed the passengers of the infection case in the EVENING of 3rd February.

 

As I wrote above, the day before the quarantine started, Diamond Princess continued to hold those recreations which caused mass/group infection inside the ship.

 

These are photos taken on 3rd and 4th February.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flag state of a merchant vessel is the jurisdiction under whose laws the vessel is registered or licensed, and is deemed the nationality of the vessel.

 

Diamond Princess is registered in the United Kingdom, hence, Britain has Jurisdiction.

 

Japan has no rights or obligations of the Infectious Diseases Control of this UK registered ship.

 

Detail...↓↓

https://ameblo.jp/facts-princess-cruises/entry-12579925048.html

 

 

★Japan's Quarantine Was EFFECTIVE

(JAPAN National Institute of Infectious Diseases)

 

・Substantial Transmission of COVID19 had been occurring "PRIOR TO" the implementation of Quarantine

・The Number of Infected "FELL" Dramatically After Quarantine

Detail....↓↓

https://ameblo.jp/facts-princess-cruises/entry-12580310001.html

 

★FACT Dr Iwata 

https://ameblo.jp/facts-princess-cruises/entry-12580738503.html

 

★Who Should Be Responsible? Opinions from Experts

https://ameblo.jp/facts-princess-cruises/entry-12579918514.html

 

 

Princess Cruises BLOCKED my Twitter and my tweets about above FACTs are being CONCEALED (shadow ban) by Twitter.

 

 

Please read the other posts..

 

Thank you..

 

Kirin