Another 65 Test Positive for Coronavirus on Cruise Ship in Japan

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2020

Four Australians are among 66 new confirmed cases of coronavirus aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship bringing the total number of infected passengers and crew to 135.

Diamond Princess now has around 3,700 people on board the ship, 1,000 crew and 2,670 passengers.

Indian Embassy in Tokyo on Monday tweeted the information about the Indians on the ship.

The ship arrived at the Japanese coast early last week and was quarantined after a passenger who de-boarded last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the novel virus on the ship.

People who test positive for the virus are taken off the ship to a hospital.

In China, where the virus emerged, at least 636 people have died and more than 31,000 people have tested positive. One quarantine officer has also been infected, according to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

Princess Cruise Lines said the new cases would be transferred to medical facilities in Japan.

He was not diagnosed with coronavirus until he left the ship on January 25. The ship has been stored remoted on the coast on account of affirmation {that a} passenger landed in Hong Kong from the ship has been contaminated.

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The CDC is also re-examining whether 14 days is an appropriate duration for future coronavirus quarantines, as scientists learn more about the virus and how infectious it may be before patients show symptoms.

Addressing some passengers concerned about the ventilation, the captain's latest announcement said that they are supplying "100 percent of fresh air" throughout guest rooms.

The company said: "This is a highly unusual development and we share the disappointment of our guests".

"The issue with quarantine remains the lack of ability in a closed environment like this to maintain infection prevention measures on a ship", said Dr. Eric Cioe-Pena, director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York.

One of the travel companies hit the hardest by the coronavirus outbreak is Princess Cruises, which is now dealing with a second ship carrying sick passengers.

"Currently we have the capacity to conduct up to 300 tests per day, but we are working... so that by the last day of the incubation period, February 18, we will be able to test up to 1,000", government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters at a regular briefing.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Japan would send a fifth chartered flight to China's central city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, to bring citizens home.

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