בית החולים ביפן בו קונסולית ישראל ביפן רויטל בן נעים ופרופ׳ רן נירפז מטפלים בחולי קורונה
The hospital where the infected Israelis are being held
Photo: Foreign Ministry
The hospital where the infected Israelis are being held

Daughter of Israeli coronavirus couple says parents 'thrown into hangar'

The woman claims her parents who were aboard the infected ship, had been thrown into a remote military hospital in Tokyo where the doctors speak no English, the food is inedible, and the medical staff don't know how to take basic blood tests

Meir Turgeman |
Published: 02.18.20 , 14:16
The daughter of two Israelis infected with coronavirus in Japan, said her parents had been thrown into a remote military hospital where she claims the treatment is subpar, the doctors speak no English and there is no food.
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  • It was confirmed on Sunday that three out of 15 Israelis on board the Diamond Princess cruise liner had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As of Tuesday, 542 cases of the virus have been identified among the 3,711 quarantined passengers and crew, making the ship the site of the most infections outside of China.
    בית החולים ביפן בו קונסולית ישראל ביפן רויטל בן נעים ופרופ׳ רן נירפז מטפלים בחולי קורונהבית החולים ביפן בו קונסולית ישראל ביפן רויטל בן נעים ופרופ׳ רן נירפז מטפלים בחולי קורונה
    The hospital where the infected Israelis are being held
    (Photo: Foreign Ministry)
    "They are at a remote location from Tokyo," said the daughter. "The medical staff at the hospital is not professional enough. They hardly know how to take a blood test and don't speak English," she added.
    "There is no way they're able to explain to my parents what is going on, what medical procedures are being done and what the results of the tests are."
    The daughter said as far as she’s aware her parents had been “thrown into a big hangar,” where they haven’t been fed since being taken off the ship almost three days ago.
    “The food there is not suitable for a Westerner, a Chabad emissary is on his way over there to bring them food,” she said.
    ספינה ספינת נסיכת היהלום בידוד יפן נגיף הקורונה קורונהספינה ספינת נסיכת היהלום בידוד יפן נגיף הקורונה קורונה
    The Diamond Princess cruise liner
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The daughter added that even though she wishes the Israeli government would bring the parents back home, she hopes that at the very least they will be transferred to a different hospital in Japan, which has English-speaking staff.
    "It is very difficult for them to be cut off from the world, without television, without internet and without communication with the locals. The parents, at least say, they feel good and that everything will be okay.”
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