Japan: 10 people on cruise ship infected with coronavirus

TOKYO Ten people on board a cruise ship moored in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for a new coronavirus, Japan’s health ministry said Wednesday.

The 10 infected passengers, including three Japanese nationals, were transported to a medical facility and none of them had severe symptoms, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, carrying some 3,700 people 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members has been kept in quarantine after an 80 year old man from Hong Kong who disembarked in his home city on Jan. 25 was found to be infected with the deadly virus. The confirmed 10 cases were among 31 results from 273 people tested so far, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said, adding that the rest of the about 3,700 people on board will be under quarantine for 14 days.

“We will make every effort to prevent the spread of the virus while taking sufficient care of the health of passengers and crew,” Kato told a press conference. With passengers from 56 countries and regions, the vessel departed from the Yokohama port on Jan. 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 new cases bring the total number of confirmed cases in Japan to 33, with many of them Chinese people and those who have been in Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the deadly outbreak originated.

As of Wednesday, more than 24,000 people are infected on mainland China, with the death toll at 490.

Source: Kuwait News Agency