Ten passengers on cruise ship test positive for Coronvirus

Ten passengers on cruise ship test positive for Coronvirus
Passengers and crew on the ship will now be under quarantine for 14 days. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times, Tokyo: Japanese health authorities said at least 10 people onboard a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus.

The cruise ship’s Diamond Princess is carrying 3,700 passengers. But nearly 300 have been tested so far. The number of infected could rise as testing continues.

An 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been on the ship last month fell ill with the virus. After revealing the information, Japanese health authorities decided to check the ship.

All 10 passengers tested positive over the age of 50.

Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that four are in their 50s, four are in their 60s, one is in their 70s, and another one is in their 80s, but none of them are in serious condition.

The Coronavirus affected patients are taken off the vessel and will be sent to medical organizations.

How did the virus get on board?

The Honk Kong man is believed to be the source of the virus on board. He boarded the cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, on 20 January, and disembarked in Hong Kong on 25 January.

Officials on the cruise ship began screening guests on Monday evening, and the vessel was placed under quarantine on Tuesday.

The Coronavirus appeared in China, were now more than 24,300 cases of the virus, with the death toll at 490.

The Chines city of Wuhan is the epicenter of the outbreak while authorities believed that the virus spreads from a seafood market in the city.

But, outside of China, the outbreak is not big yet. Two people, one in the Philippines and another is in Honk Kong have died of the disease.

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