On February 5, the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which is docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, was placed under a 14-day quarantine after a passenger from Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus. The deadly respiratory virus has since been renamed as Corona Virus Disease or COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 12.
According to a report from 9to5Mac, the Japanese government gave out 2,000 iPhones or one iPhone per cabin to cruise ship passengers and crew on February 14. The phones are courtesy of the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, as well as the Japanese telecom company, SoftBank.
The phones contain a pre-downloaded app that lets people “request medication, arrange consultations with doctors, and receive information from health officials.”
The phones were distributed as the health app cannot be downloaded from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store if it is registered in a different country than Japan, the report added.
Now halfway through the Japanese government’s 14-day mandatory quarantine period, the passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess recorded new cases of the deadly coronavirus. A report from the Japan Times stated that coronavirus infections rose by 70 to 335. Meanwhile, countries such as the United States, Canada, and Hong Kong are preparing to repatriate their residents who are stranded on the ship.
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