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COVID-19: Odia youth in Japan ship urges governments for help

Bhubaneswar, Feb 19: An engineer from Odisha, who is in quarantine for deadly Coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise off Yokohama in Japan, urged both the state and central governments for his release.

Shivashish Nayak, who is among 142 Indians aboard the Diamond Princess ship, has been locked down for two weeks after outbreak of COVID-19 that has claimed over a thousand lives.

However, the Japan authorities are not allowing the passengers to leave the ship.

 “We have spent 14 days in quarantine. However, as per Captain’s announcement, we especially the crew members would be put under quarantine for another 14 days. Even being passengers, we are staying inside crew cabin. That’s why the Japan government restricted us to go out of the ship,” said Nayak.

Appealing both the governments to take steps to evacuate the passengers from the cruise, he said, “I request both Odisha and Central governments to take necessary steps to evacuate us from the ship and make arrangements for our safe return to homeland as soon as possible. Or else, the things will be going on very worse”.

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