Odia engineer on board Diamond Princess ‘desperate’ to return: Kin | Bhubaneswar News timesofindia.indiatimes.com


Berhampur: The family of a software engineer from Berhampur, who is on the coronavirus-hit cruise liner Diamond Princess anchored off the coast of Japan since February 3, said they did not know when he would be getting off the ship. Passengers began disembarking from the ship, which was quarantined for a fortnight, on Wednesday.
The family’s worry has been exacerbated by the fact that two persons who contracted the virus on the ship died on Thursday, and one more Indian crew member tested positive for the disease. There are 138 Indians — 132 crew and six passengers — on board the ship. Of them, eight crew have tested positive for coronavirus. Sibasish Nayak (27) of Pandara Sahi here is a passenger on the liner.
Sibashis’s father, Lingaraj Nayak, said he had spoken to his son on Thursday. “He is okay but desperate to return to India. One of my relatives has gotten in touch with the Indian embassy. Though Japan as allowed coronavirus-free passengers to leave the ship, we don’t know when the Indians on board will be allowed to move out,” he said.
On Thursday, the Indian embassy in Tokyo tweeted, “1 Indian crew who tested positive for #COVID19 among 79 new cases on #DiamondPrincess yesterday, has been shifted to hospital for treatment. All 8 Indians receiving treatment are responding well. Rest all Indians on-board are braving out the trying circumstances.”
Sibashis was part of a six-member team of software engineers who visited southeast Asia on January 10 and later went on to board the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined after one of its passengers, who had gotten off at Hong Kong, tested positive for the disease.
Lingaraj, a businessman, had on Wednesday requested chief minister Naveen Patnaik to secure the rescue of his son. “Sibashis tested negative for the disease when a routine check was carried out,” he said.
MP (Berhampur) Chandra Sekhar Shau visited the Nayaks’ house on Thursday and assured the family of all help to get Sibashis back.

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