Published On: Tue, Feb 4th, 2020

Japan confirms ‘about 10’ coronavirus cases aboard quarantined cruise ship carrying 3,700 passengers & crew – report

Japan has confirmed around 10 more cases of coronavirus among passengers on a cruise ship with 3,700 people aboard, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 33. The other passengers remain quarantined on the ship.

After one passenger from Hong Kong previously tested positive for the illness, screenings for additional cases began on Tuesday and turned up at least 10 more patients among passengers on Carnival Japan Inc.’s Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan’s TV Asahi reported, citing health authorities. The patients are to be brought to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The ship has been put on lockdown and remains stranded in the port city of Yokohama, along with the remainder of its passengers, as screenings continue.

Though no details have yet emerged about the new patients, the Hong Konger previously confirmed is an 80-year-old man, who is now recovering, the Associated Press reported, citing the ship’s captain.

Eerie images of a once-bustling cruiseliner have emerged on social media, showing deserved decks, with only a few stray staff members seen milling about.

Photos also surfaced depicting the ongoing health screenings aboard the vessel.

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