Researchers who studied the ship, which was docked in Japan on February 5 and placed under quarantine for more than two weeks after several passengers and crew contracted COVID-19, determined that there were still traces of SARS-CoV-2 RNA present inside cabins 17 days after the 3,711 passengers and crew were removed. As you'll recall, the Diamond was quarantined off the coast of Japan due to coronavirus concerns BEFORE the Grand set sail from San Fran and was quarantined in the Bay Area waters for a week.
The authors wrote: "SARS-CoV-2 RNA was identified on a variety of surfaces in cabins of both symptomatic and asymptomatic infected passengers up to 17 days after cabins were vacated on the Diamond Princess but before disinfection procedures had been conducted". These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person.More news: Why Oprah and Stedman quarantined separately
"During the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Diamond Princess was the setting of the largest outbreak outside mainland China", the CDC report noted.
Smith also argued that the study does not show that the new virus can live on surfaces for 17 days, making the distinction between viral RNA and live virus.More news: Jamal Murray's girlfriend asks for help after alleged Instagram sex-tape leak
Global Affairs Canada confirmed to CTV News that the individual was a passenger on the Diamond Princess. The remaining 129 Canadians were repatriated and sent to quarantine at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton for 14 days.
"Transmission occurred across multiple voyages from ship to ship by crew members".
The Grand Princess ship docked at the Port of Oakland and the company reported earlier this month that 21 people - 2 passengers and 19 crew members - tested positive for COVID-19. "More than 800 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages, and cases linked to several additional cruises have been reported across the United States". Jeffrey and Anabel Jones, along with Eddy Castellanos, want at least $1 million in damages, claiming Princess Cruise Lines was grossly negligent in allowing them to travel on the Grand Princess cruise ship when it allegedly knew there would be coronavirus exposure.More news: India's 1.3 billion people go into full lockdown from midnight (24)