Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

66 more test positive for novel coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan

66 more test positive for novel coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan

Princess Cruises confirmed in a statement yesterday that an additional 66 cases of novel coronavirus have been identified aboard the ship, including another illness involving a Canadian. "We are not sick at the moment but there is a major concern that circulating air on this ship can make people sick".

The health ministry is separating its count of those on the ship who have been infected from those within Japan who have been infected.

Princess Cruise Lines said the new cases would be transferred to medical facilities in Japan. In Italy, more than 6,600 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark from Carnival's Costa Smeralda on January 31 after a Chinese passenger was found to have the flu and not the virus.

Meanwhile, the death toll in coronavirus outbreak jumped to 813 on Sunday, surpassing global fatalities in the 2002-03 SARS epidemic, even as Chinese officials said the cases of deadly infection have started declining for the first time after weeks of sharp rise. He recalled that before arriving in Yokohama, the cruise visited Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Japanese ports of Kagoshima and Okinawa, and was quarantined at discovering a passenger who landed in Hong Kong was carrying the virus.

Courter said the United States could take them to the nearby Okinawa military base for evacuation.

Japanese media reported earlier Monday that around 60 more people aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess moored off Japan have been diagnosed with coronavirus, raising the number of infected passengers and crew to around 130.

A group of Indian crew members have been sharing videos on Facebook since Thursday, begging their government to rescue them. "I want to request Modiji to save us and send us home". We are in touch with the Indians on board through the foreign ministry and the Japanese health ministry.

"We're out in the bay, docked, so it's kind of nice", passenger Adam Waltz said, in a video showing him and a companion walking briskly under Monday's blue sky, sun flashing off the ocean.

Norwegian Cruise Line backed down a bit from a policy arising from the coronavirus outbreak, saying that crew members who hold a passport from China, Hong Kong or Macao can now board its ships if they have not been to those places in at least 30 days.

They've been in quarantine for a week along with 3700 others onboard. There are thought to be 160 Indian national among the staff, and eight among the passengers.

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