'Thank God for drones': Aussie couple's special delivery during coronavirus quarantine

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

An Australian couple confined to their cruise ship cabin due to a coronavirus outbreak appear to be making the best out of their unfortunate predicament with the help of some wine.

With limited on-board supplies, Jan and Dave Binskin, from Palm Beach in Queensland, said they had two cases of vino delivered to their door after putting in a request with their wine club.

The company, named Naked Wine Club, surprisingly obliged and flew the valuable product to their Diamond Princess cruise using a drone, according to a post to Facebook on February 7.

“Naked Wine Club you’re incredible. Just got the first drop. Thank God for drones, the Japanese Coast Guard did not know what the f*** was going on,” the couple wrote on their joint account.

Queensland man Dave Binskin appeared pleased to have wine in his possession. Source: Facebook

A photo update showed Mr Binskin, clad in a pulled-down face mask, appearing to enjoy a red for the couple’s very own “happy hour” while kicking back on the bed in their cabin.

The following day it seemed the couple had more positive news to report, saying they had disembarked from Yokohama, south of Tokyo, where the ship had remained quarantined in port for several days.

They left for a 12-hour trip and returned to port on Sunday morning (local time) for their fifth day of being confined to their quaint room.

“Good Morning Yokohama-Shi, back again after 12-hour cruise. Still holding it together, might get on deck today,” their latest post read.

The Queensland couple took this image of their ship before it went into lockdown. Source: Facebook

An earlier post from the couple shared a more serious insight into what they were dealing with, detailing a lack of natural light and fresh air.

“This is inhumane and total incarceration. The government has to evacuate us to a suitable site. There are also medication, mental and lack of physical exercise issues. Help please,” they said.

The cruise ship and the roughly 3700 people aboard have been under two-week quarantine since arriving back at the port of Yokohama after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

Jan and Dave Binskin resorted to having wine flown via drone to help cope with the unfortunate predicament. Source: Facebook

There has been a total of 61 confirmed cases of coronavirus from the ship, which came from a sample of 273 people who had been tested because they were either showing symptoms or had been in close contact with those who did, according to the health ministry.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told a news conference 21 of the newly found 41 cases were Japanese.

Five were Australian, bringing the total number of Australians to test positive on board to seven.  

Further tests would be conducted if additional passengers on board the ship developed symptoms, he said.

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