A British holidaymaker has been propelled into the limelight after his chirpy Facebook updates from quarantined cruise in Japan amid coronavirus fears.
David Abel, 74, has shared his positivity online from the confinements of his cabin on the Diamond Princess after 20 people tested positive for coronavirus on the ship.
The cruise-goer has grabbed the attention of the world with his social media videos while he and his wife Sally could face being trapped on the ship with 2,600 passengers for two weeks.
As a diabetic, the new celeb used his Facebook videos to voice his fears he would slip into a coma as a result of lack of food.
But now he has had to turn away food after Princess Cruises delivered too much food to his room when online viewers reached out to the cruise liner to inform them of David’s medical condition.
The holidaymaker – who wants to be interviewed by Holly Willoughby– spoke to ITV on Thursday morning to give an insight into ship life after 15 days onboard.
He said: “I hadn’t eaten for 16, 17 hours, that was a major concern for me, so I couldn’t take my insulin, if i did, I would be comatose, most likely.
“So that was a major problem. It’s now been resolved, we are getting meals regularly, we are getting glasses of water given to us regularly, we only get one hot drink a day, I’d love to have more than that but that’s it.
“It’s a horrible situation for most passengers onboard, being stuck here, confined to the cabin. We are not allowed outside the room.”
David shed further light on what it was really like to be onboard the Princess Cruise amid the coronavirus chaos.
Quarantine was enforced as an 80-year-old passenger was found to have the virus after leaving the cruise in Hong Kong last month.
He said: “It’s been a two-week luxury cruise, 15 days, now it’s a very different atmosphere indeed.
“Every passenger is confined to their cabins, no room service and can’t go into the dining room for meals, so we have very little choice.”
His Facebook videos cover everything from cheeky request for whiskey to reporting what has been going on while onboard the ship.
David has reached lots of people with his pieces to camera from his room.
In one of his videos, David recalled how a starving woman was screamed at for leaving her room in search of food after crew had failed to serve her dinner.
He told the camera: “One lady hadn’t had an evening meal served last night and she went outside of her cabin door to try and find somebody, and she was literally shouted at and told get back in your room.”
The ship has been journeying to and fro Yokohama Bay and the open sea.
Seawater has been turned into drinking water and used for showers in the wake of the quarantine.