Another 66 On Japan Cruise Ship Have 2019-nCoV, Says Ship Operator

Sixty-six more people on Japan cruise ship have 2019-nCoV, according to a ship operator.

Another 66 people onboard a Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan’s coast have tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus, according to the operator of the ship.

This, as the confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus now have more than 150 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship so far.

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Photo from Jiji Press / AFP

In a statement, U.S. company Princess Cruise Lines Ltd., the operator of the Diamond Princess, said that 45 of 66 additional cases were Japanese, 11 were Americans, 4 were Australians, 3 were Filipinos, and there was 1 each from Canada, Britain, and Ukraine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) previously confirmed in a tweet that newly diagnosed cases of the 2019-nCoV should not extend the length of the quarantine as the quarantine period of the Diamond Princess “will come to an end on February 19.” WHO added that the quarantine period will be extended beyond February 19 “as appropriate only for close contacts of newly confirmed cases”, thus, people on board the cruise ship “need to remain in quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with a confirmed case.”

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi stated that Japan has planned to send the fifth flight to Wuhan in order to bring home the few remaining Japanese in Wuhan and in the rest of Hubei province in China.

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