About 60 more infected with coronavirus on quarantined cruise ship

TOKYO About 60 more people on a quarantined cruise ship moored at the Japanese port of Yokohama near Tokyo have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported, citing the health ministry.

That brings the total number of cases discovered on the vessel to around 130, according to NHK. No further details were immediately available.

The Diamond Princess, carrying some 3,700 people from 56 countries and regions, has been kept in quarantine in Yokohama for 14 days since February 3. The checks began after an 80 year old man from Hong Kong was found to be infected with the pneumonia causing virus. The man was diagnosed shortly after he disembarked in his home city on January 25.

The vessel departed from the Yokohama port on January 20. It returned to Yokohama on Monday after making stops in the southwestern Japanese city Kagoshima, as well as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture. The outbreak of new coronavirus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province. Chinese health authorities said Monday that the number of confirmed cases of deadly virus in mainland China has topped 40,000, with the death toll of 910.

Source: Kuwait News Agency