Ten people on a cruise ship moored near Yokohama with about 3,700 crew and passengers aboard have tested positive for the new coronavirus and taken to hospital, Japan’s Health Ministry announced Wednesday.
‘The Diamond Princess’ was placed under quarantine this week before it reached Japan and checks were conducted after a passenger from Hong Kong who had been on the ship last month tested positive for the virus. Of 31 people whose test results have come through, 10 were confirmed as infected, the ministry said.
The new infections come in addition to 23 people already confirmed to have contracted the disease in Japan.
”The remaining passengers and crew will not be allowed to come ashore for the time being — we will have them remain aboard for the necessary period of time,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in parliament Wednesday. “Checking the health of the passengers and crew is our priority, while we will also do all possible to prevent any spread of the infection.”
A total of 273 people on board are being tested for the virus. Three of the 10 people infected with the virus are Japanese, as are about half the passengers on board the ship.