A 21-year-old Melbourne woman aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has reportedly been diagnosed with coronavirus.
Her grandfather, Peter, who did not give his last name, said her family have been taken off the ship, which is docked in the port of Yokohama, and driven to a hospital two hours away.
"My granddaughter Bianca who is 21 years old tested positive and now she's in isolation in the hospital and my three other family members are all in isolation wards over there," he told 3AW radio on Wednesday.
He said the Australians aboard the ship haven't heard from the government since the ship became a floating quarantine zone when dozens of people tested positive for coronavirus.
There are many extra personnel involved in this operation now and many are volunteers. Today was a holiday in Japan & they have given up their spare time. It’s overwhelming to think what a big job lies ahead. Meanwhile, I can’t do a thing to help - except to stay quarantined https://t.co/eax84SJ9Jf— Clare Hedger (@clarehedger) February 11, 2020
"These people are in limbo and no one cares about them," he said.
"That's how it seems because we've had no contact from the government in any way."
The cruise ship is the same one in which Ballarat woman Lyn Hedger is currently in lockdown, alongside her daughter Clare.
Speaking to The Courier earlier in the week, Mrs Hedger detailed the struggles of being trapped in their windowless room for days on end.
The quarantine period will last another week, expected to end on February 19.
By that time, the Ballarat mother and daughter will have spent almost a month on the ship.
- with AAP
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