Sixty more virus cases on cruise ship

Testing aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has reportedly found 60 more confirmed cases of coronavirus.

That takes the number of coronavirus cases on the ship docked in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, to 130, according to domestic broadcasters TBS and NHK, citing Japanese health ministry sources.

The health ministry’s communication office had no information on the report when contacted on Monday.


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The Diamond Princess was placed on a two-week quarantine on arriving at Yokohama on February 3 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.

About 3700 people are aboard the ship, which usually has a crew of 1100 and a passenger capacity of 2670.

Passengers have been allowed on decks in shifts to get fresh air and encouraged to regularly take their temperature.

The health ministry is separating infection counts on the ship from those discovered within Japan.

The disease has killed 908 people, predominantly in mainland China, and infected more than 40,000.

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