Coronavirus leaves Leicestershire couple quarantined at sea off Californian coast

by Molly Kerridge

More than 100 Britons have been confined on a cruise ship since Thursday, March 5,  that was struck with Coronavirus just off the coast of California.

The ship, that was carrying 21 people who tested positive for the illness, worked to get people to land as quickly as possible.

Although the ship was set to dock yesterday(MonMARCH9), in California, only those with the illness and state residents were being allowed to leave the ship, leaving the rest of the passengers stranded at sea. 

One of the passengers, Justine Griffin, from Leicestershire, was celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband on the ship.

She told the PA News agency: “We won’t be getting off tomorrow as we are at the bottom of the list. First the sick, then Californians, then any other Americans.”

The couple were travelling with her husband, Dave, and four other friends when the ship was placed into quarantine.

“The longer it takes to get us to England the longer we’re away from our family. We both have medical appointments to attend, and Dave is having a shoulder replacement operation,” she said.

“I’ve just got in contact with our MP back in England to try and see what’s happening.

“I had to tell my youngest child I’m not coming home and I don’t know when I will be. He was so upset – he’s only eight and we’re his special guardians so he doesn’t deal well with things changing, it’s heartbreaking.”

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