Photo by Kyodo News Taipei, Feb. 14 (CNA) An 85-year-old Taiwanese passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise liner, which is quarantined off the Japanese city of Yokohama due to an onboard outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), was admitted to hospital in Japan on Friday with the deadly virus, according to his son.
The man’s son, whose identity is not being disclosed due to privacy protection issues, told CNA via a social media platform Friday that he was informed earlier in the day of the latest developments regarding his father.
His pleas for help were answered, the son said, expressing thanks to those who assisted in obtaining medical care for his father.
On Feb. 11, the son told CNA in a phone call that he had written to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) the previous day about his 85-year-old father, who was confined to a windowless cabin on the cruise ship, was suffering nosebleeds and coughing up blood but was receiving no medical attention.
The son said he also contacted Taiwan representatives in Japan on Feb. 10 to tell them about his father. On Feb. 11, a doctor visited the 85-year-old man on the ship, and after he was later diagnosed with the COVID-19, he was taken to a hospital in Japan, according to the son.
The father and son embarked Jan. 20 on the 15-day round-trip cruise tour that set sail from Yokohama and was scheduled to return there on Feb. 4 after making port calls in Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Okinawa, Japan.