David Abel, a British coronavirus victim diagnosed onboard the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess has what it is like to be infected with the deadly infection.
The 74-year-old patient in a message from his hospital bed in Japan claimed they are in ‘the best place’ for treatment after being whisked off the cruise liner.
Initially, he had begged for the British Government to evacuate the 74 Brits trapped on the quarantined vessel before he and his wife Sally were diagnosed with the deadly virus.
After being moved away from the ship described as a hotbed for the virus, he and his wife won’t be part of those that will be evacuated from the ship tomorrow evening four days after the US airlifted 340 passengers onboard.
According to experts, the couple from Northamptonshire are at high risk due to their age and the fact and Abel is diabetic. Elderly and sick people have compromised immune systems and also at risk of serious complications.
Abel who took to his Facebook page to document his ordeal with the virus wrote: ‘We arrived in a lovely hospital a couple of hours ago. Taken by ambulance blues and twos the entire journey.
‘Outside the hospital I came over a bit weird and nearly passed out. Every pore on my body opened and I was wheelchaired to our room. Full health inspection and now we know what’s going on.’
He also revealed both he and his wife have also caught a cold and will have chest X-rays and urine tests tomorrow.
‘We are both in the best place! They do know what they are doing and our two nurses are gorgeous. Sally likes Dr too,” he added.
The couple will need to test negative three times before they are released.
Over 75,000 people across the world – including at least 620 on the Diamond Princess have now caught the virus, which causes cough and fever. Almost 2,130 patients have died