Couple Stuck On Quarantined Cruise Ship 'Have Wine Delivered By Drone'
An Aussie couple stranded on the Diamond Princess cruise ship are making sure coronavirus doesn't ruin their holiday, having kept themselves in high spirits after wine was delivered to their cabin by drone.
Jan and Dave Binskin have been sharing regular updates of their time aboard the Diamond Princess, where 169 people on board have been tested positive for the new coronavirus, which is officially called Covid-19.
The Binksins, from Queensland in Australia, have been stuck on the quarantined ship in Yokohoma port for more than a week, along with some 3,700 passengers and crew members.
But rather than sitting around moping, as I'm sure many of us would do, they've decided to make the best of a bad situation.
They've been keeping themselves amused by posing in their masks for selfies, sharing snaps of the view from the cruise ship and even, it seems, enjoying a nice bit of plonk.
They shared a photo of a bottle of pinot noir next to some glasses, writing: "Naked Wine Club you're incredible just got the first drop. Thank god for drones, the Japanese Coast Guard did not know what the f*** was going on."
The next photo showed a happy-looking Dave holding up the wine - who had pulled down his face mask to reveal a wide smile - with the caption: "Happy Hour Drone Wine."
A few days later they also posted pictures of featuring more bottles of wine, implying they were back on the lash.
Of course, it's not all been fun and games on board.
In an update on 10 February, the couple wrote: "Not good news. Another 61 cases confirmed, now 130 in total. It's like Russian roulette - hope we don't draw the loaded gun."
In another post yesterday they said: "Further to my posts today Captain just announced another 38 people are positive... s**t."
According to the John Hopkins University coronavirus map, at the time of writing there have been a total of 1,118 deaths due to Covid-19, with 45,206 cases confirmed globally.
Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference that the thousands of remaining passengers aboard the Diamond Princess would have to remain on the ship while testing continues.
He said: "I want to take sufficient care of the health of passengers and crew and make every effort to prevent the spread of the virus.
"We had them [the ones who tested positive] get off the vessel and... we are sending them to medical organisations."
Speaking in a Facebook video, British passenger David Abel explained what the situation was like onboard the ship.
He said: "We are now officially in quarantine. It appears that our quarantine is onboard the ship, that we will not be taken off to a hospital.
"The 10 people that are affected, they are being taken off very soon by the local coastguard into a medical facility. We are to remain onboard the ship and we are confined to our cabins.
"Nobody is able to book onward flights as we have no idea when the quarantine will clear.
"The whole ship is in quarantine, we are in the middle of the bay, anchored, so nobody can get on or off this ship.
"Staff are constantly cleaning and sanitising public areas such as handrails and door handles. Passengers are requested not to use public toilets unless in emergency."
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Jan and Dave Binskin