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Surrey couple return to Canada after boarding COVID-19 stricken cruise ship in Japan

Last Updated Feb 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm PDT

(R) Marichu Torrijos and her husband (L) Ding are staying positive while spending another quarantine period in Ontario following a long ordeal aboard a COVID-19 stricken cruise in Japan. (Courtesy: Marichu and Ding Torrijos)
Summary

A Surrey couple is almost home after a long ordeal aboard a COVID-19 stricken cruise in Japan

Ding Torrijos and his wife Marichu tested negative for the virus while aboard the quarantined ship

The couple is trying to stay positive and say some things are just "out of your control"

CORNWALL, Ont. (NEWS 1130) — A couple from Surrey is one step closer to finally being home after they were taken off that COVID-19 stricken cruise ship in Japan this week.

Surrey’s Marichu Torrijos and her husband Ding were on board the Diamond Princess ship, which was the site of the largest outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China.

Now the couple is in quarantine in Cornwall, Ontario, and will stay there for another two weeks.

 

The couple is trying to stay positive and pointing out their new accommodation in Ontario has a window to look out of, something their spot on the cruise ship did not.

“Something good can come out of this, stronger character, stronger will,” she says. “We know there are a lot of people who care for us.”

Marichu and Ding have both tested negative for COVID-19, and they say they are both happy.

“In our lives, we always believed that anything that is out of your control, you don’t really worry about it,” Ding says.

The couple says they reconnect with their adult children every day and have received support from friends and family.