In early February the 3,711 crew and passengers of the Diamond Princess were trapped in the port of Yokohama, Japan. The number of Covid-19 patients locked on board was growing day by day after an 80-year-old passenger tested positive on February 1. A team of Japanese researchers has just published in the Reports of the American Academy of Sciences ( PNAS ) a study lifting the veil on the dynamics of contamination within the ship. One sick person was enough to infect more than 700.
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“First of all, this story is a huge health scandal , comments Professor Antoine Flahault. Scientists clearly show that if the passengers had been evacuated earlier, contaminations could have been avoided and lives probably spared. It was not until February 17, twelve days after the ship was quarantined, for the first passengers to be disembarked. As of March 22, 2020, the balance sheet of contaminated
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