[7NEWS.com.au] Coronavirus update: Diamond Princess Melbourne passenger questions quarantine plans
An exhausted Melbourne woman stuck on a coronavirus-infected cruise ship in Japan says Australian passengers are being kept in the dark about the government's plans for them.
Vera Koslova-Fu has pleaded with the federal government to reveal if it will remove Australians from the Diamond Princess and force them into a new period of quarantine once they are back home.Watch the video above
She has raised the prospect of people refusing to join any Australian evacuation, in the hope they can leave the ship as early as Friday when their existing quarantine period expires.
"I think it's great the Australian government are finally deciding to come and evacuate us, but I really would like to know why we have to endure a further 14 days of quarantine," Koslova-Fu told Sunrise.
"What is the science behind that? We have been in quarantine here for 12 days already."
She said they were tested on Sunday afternoon and asked why they would need to be further quarantined if the results were negative.More on 7NEWS.com.au
"If they were thinking of quarantining us, if they were doubting the ability of being on a ship and being safe, they should (have) come and rescued us in the early days," Koslova-Fu said.
"I've been in this cabin for 12 days now with no window."
She said she was relying on news reports and journalists in Tokyo and Australia for information, and that in recent days the flow of information to passengers had been "very delayed".
'I've been in this cabin for 12 days now with no window.'
"We just feel like we're kept in the dark," she said.
An Australian infectious disease expert is in Japan assessing the situation on board the ship.
About 200 Australians are on the ship, which has been in quarantine in the port of Yokohama for more than two weeks.
Seventy more people on board were confirmed to have the virus on Sunday, bringing the number of cases from the ship to 355, with 16 of them Australians.
Those who tested positive for the virus are being treated in Japan.
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