Some are questioning the effectiveness of the quarantine process after an additional 88 passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for Coronavirus Tuesday.
At the time of this writing, 542 of the 3,711 passengers and crew had tested positive for the infection.
An additional 88 people have been confirmed to be infected with the new #coronavirus on the #DiamondPrincess cruise… https://t.co/OtQe6ytlrb— The Japan News (@The Japan News) 1582017224.0
The newly reported total makes the ship the site of the most infections outside of China, USA Today reported.
The 14-day quarantine is scheduled to end on Wednesday, however, hundreds of American passengers already departed the ship on Sunday through an evacuation process facilitated by the U.S. Department of State. During the evacuation, it was discovered that 14 U.S. passengers had come down with the virus, despite testing negative only a few days prior.
The infected passengers "were moved in the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft," a joint statement from the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services read. And upon landing, they will restart the 14-day quarantine period.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told USA Today that while the initial decision to quarantine wasn't unreasonable, something had gone "awry."
"The quarantine process failed," Fauci said. "I'd like to sugarcoat it and try to be diplomatic about it, but it failed. People were getting infected on that ship. Something went awry in the process of the quarantining on that ship. I don't know what it was, but a lot of people got infected on that ship."
News of more infections on the Diamond Princess cruise ship come amid reports that Coronavirus can reinfect people, and that the second infection could be more dangerous — potentially leading to heart failure.
Furthermore, speculation is on the rise regarding the virus' outbreak in China, with many believing that the country is lying about its death toll.