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Coronavirus - are cruise ships easy targets for the Press

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We've seen banner headlines in the press featuring ships which have been quarantined and were virus cases have been confirmed. No problems here, any news that highlights a possible pandemic outbreak and leads to rigorous health and safety checks by the Authorities is good news.

 

However, it's what's missing from the News that suggests media censorship of vital information, by the same Gov Departments. For example, a CNN report on the 80 yr old HK resident at the centre of the Diamond Princess outbreak gives the following timeline :-

 

10th January, visited mainland China for a couple of hours (where I assume he contracted virus).

17th January, flew to Tokyo.

20th Jan, flew to Yokohama and boarded ship.

25th Jan, left ship at HK and did not return.

 

That's at least 2 flights ?? If the Press and Authorities are anxious to contain the virus, why haven't they announced the Flight Numbers and dates, to get passenger contacts? Do they believe it will cause concern and fear among the traveling public? Seems unlikely when you see the tabloid newspaper The Sun's Headline "Plague Ship" (Smeralda quarantine), must have been quite distressing for friends and family.

 

I know it's impossible to isolate an aircraft, 10 days and 10 flights after contamination but has anyone heard of steps being made to analise flights data to contact possible carriers? Regards Paul

 

 

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Yes, cruise ships are easy targets.

It appears the horse had bolted on this one, media just like to have a scary story to fearmonger and such.

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