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UK couple stranded in sea for a month had no idea about Coronavirus

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The Fact News Service

April 23

Can you think of a person who is not aware of the Coronavirus pandemic these days? A couple from the UK recently got to know about the magnitude of Coronavirus around the world.

As per the reports by BBC, Ryan Osborne and Elena Manighetti from Manchester were traveling across the Atlantic ocean from Canary islands to the Caribbean last month. However, they did not know much about the contagious disease and its outbreak across the world.

Both of them quit their jobs in the year 2017 and then bought a boat to sail around the world. They were in touch with their families but they had one rule: no bad news.

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That was why they did not know much about Coronavirus. The two tried to dock on a small island in mid-march after 25 days being in the sea and were shocked to know that the Caribbean island had sealed its borders.

As The Guardian reports, thousands of cruise ships and sailors are stranded at sea as various countries have sealed its borders in order to stop Coronavirus spread.

The couple documents their journey of seas and oceans on their blog Sailing Kittiwake.

“In February we had heard about there was a virus in China, but with the limited information we had we figured by the time we got to the Caribbean in 25 days it would all be over,” said Elena to BBC.

“When we arrived we realized it was not over and it had infected the whole world,” Ryan added.

As they failed to dock at the Caribbean island, they went to Grenada where they got a good internet connection and got to know about Coronavirus.

Further, Elena said, “A friend of ours was already in Saint Vincent, which is where we were aiming to head. We managed to get in contact with her 10 hours before we were due to dock. She told us that we were going to be refused to get entry as I am an Italian citizen, even though I had not been to Italy in months.”

But the couple was tracking their GPS history which helped them to get entry. They were able to prove that they were isolated in the sea for 25 days.

Currently, both of them are at St Vincent and are hoping to get permission to leave before the hurricane season in June.

With inputs from agencies

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