Four Indians on board cruise ship test positive for COVID-19: Embassy

Grant Boone
February 26, 2020

The woman in her 60s disembarked the Diamond Princess in Yokohama on Wednesday following a two-week quarantine on board, but was found to be positive following another test in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo.

In a message posted on her official social media fan pages from Australia, Rebecca Harkin said she is in Darwin and is "so so thankful for the fantastic team here" looking after them.

Administration officials told the Post that Trump learned of the reversal only after the fact and complained that the decision might damage his administration's handling of the outbreak.

At least 20 foreigners evacuated from the boat have tested positive after returning home.

The number of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong climbed to 74 on Sunday.

World Health Organisation statistics on Saturday showed there had been more than 2,300 deaths in China and 11 elsewhere. Kentaro Iwata, a professor at Kobe University Hospital who said he boarded the cruise ship, criticized bureaucrats' handling of the quarantine, saying infected and uninfected were able to mix freely on the ship.

The man believes this is because he was tested on February 15 but not allowed to leave the ship for five more days.

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The 164 people from the cruise ship will spend two weeks in quarantine at the Howard Springs quarantine centre.

Ninety-seven more people died in China due to coronavirus, taking the death toll to 2,442, while the confirmed cases rose to 76,936, officials said on Sunday. However, questions are now being raised over the effectiveness of quarantine measures after a woman, earlier tes-ted negative and allowed to disembark from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess, later tested positive. Two former passengers have died.

Critics suspect they were inadvertently spreading the virus throughout the vessel, which saw more than 600 cases of the COVID-19 disease.

Japanese officials say they did their best given the challenging situation on the ship and the large number of people they had to deal with.

The cruise ship, owned by Carnival Corp, and carrying some 3,700 passengers and crew representing more than a dozen nationalities, has been quarantined in Yokohama since February 3. She went to work while she had symptoms, so the local government will close her school for two days from Feb 25.

They included the last group of Japanese passengers while some foreign passengers were still waiting on board for their governments to send chartered aircraft.

First detected in Hubei, China, nearly 80,000 people globally have been infected with Covid-19, whilst over 2,600 have died from the SARS-like disease. They will also be provided with food, medicine, masks, and other supplies.

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