People fighting over ‘rotten’ food on Coronavirus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship, says passenger

People fighting over ‘rotten’ food on Coronavirus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship, says passenger
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A passenger on board the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is stationed off the California coast after dozens were tested positive for coronavirus, has lamented about the conditions inside. The passenger, an elderly British woman, said that the passengers stranded inside the ship were going "stir-crazy" and fighting over "rotten" food, according to a new report. 

The woman, identified as Margaret Bartlett, 77, is one of the 140 Brits who are onboard the cruise, where at least 21 people have tested positive for the deadly infection which has claimed over 3,000 lives across the world and infected over 100,000.

Bartlett, while talking to BBC, said that she has been confined to her cabin, which does not have a balcony and she has to fight for food inside. 

"The food is rotten and terrible and we have to fight for it," she said. "It is not good enough. We are going stir-crazy stuck in the cabin. It is a bit depressing when we saw land and it was sunny and we couldn’t get out."

Bartlett told the network that one passenger on board who was staying nearly 10 cabins away from her has died. Officials, last week, confirmed that at least one person, identified as a 71-year-old man, had succumbed to the disease after he spent time on the cruise. 

The Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge as it arrives from Hawaii, in San Francisco on February 11  (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Reports state that the cruise is expected to dock in Oakland, California on Monday. Princess Cruises, however, said that the disembarking of the guests from the ship will be a "multiple-day process."

Another passenger on board, Debbie Loftus of Wisconsin, while talking to The Los Angeles Times, said that she was grateful that California Governor Gavin Newsom has finally permitted for the stranded passengers to be let into the state, and called it a "change in attitude."

"It is nice that he is now welcoming us into California,” she said. “A few days ago, he did not want us anywhere near his state. This is all going to be a very new experience, going to a military base in Oakland, getting on what I assume is not going to be a commercial airline or … going someplace I’ve never been."

“Not sure what the accommodations are going to be like and how long we’re going to be held there. Yes, it’s a little bit anxiety-producing, but [we] will handle it minute by minute," Loftus added. 

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