Thirty-nine more passengers are diagnosed with coronavirus on Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan, as total number of infected jumps to 175 – including a quarantine officer

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
By Paul Martin

Another 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan as of Wednesday
One quarantine official is among the newly infected, bringing the total to 175
At least 24 Americans are among the infected
Of the 39 new cases four are in serious condition, Japanese health officials said
The ship was placed in quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 3 after a disembarked passenger was diagnosed
The quarantine will be lifted on February 19

DAILYMAIL.COM
12 February 2020

Another 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan including one quarantine official, bringing the total number of people infected on board to 175.

The health ministry announced Wednesday that the toll of coronavirus-infected passengers has risen yet again and at least 24 Americans are among the diagnosed.

The Diamond Princess was placed in quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 3, after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong, was diagnosed with the virus, despite not showing any symptoms on board.

About 3,700 people are aboard the ship, which usually has a crew of 1,100 and a passenger capacity of 2,670.

Kyodo news agency, citing the health ministry, said that of the 39 cases, 10 were crew, 10 were Japanese nationals and the others were from 11 countries including the United States and China.

Four were in serious condition, media said, quoting Health Minister Katsunobu Kato.

The ministry said tests are being conducted for others who are deemed to need them and it will announce the results later.

The UK-flagged Diamond Princess is managed by Princess Cruise Lines, one of the world’s largest cruise lines and a unit of Carnival Corp.

The government was considering allowing elderly and those with chronic illnesses to disembark before the February 19 target date for ending the quarantine, some media reported, but added it would take time to figure out where they could be sent.

One patient, British honeymooner Alan Steele, was taken to hospital last Friday but said today he had tested negative for the virus and could leave quarantine shortly.

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