Another 41 people aboard the Princess Cruises ship anchored in Yokohama, Japan, have coronavirus, it has been confirmed.
Another 41 people aboard the Princess Cruises ship anchored in Yokohama, Japan, have coronavirus, including five Australians.
That is more than double the number of known coronavirus patients on the boat.
Sixty-one people aboard the Diamond Princess have the deadly virus and another 3700 passengers are effectively trapped on board.
The five Australians are not believed to be in serious condition.
The nationalities of the new coronavirus patients are not known, but two Australians aboard the ship have already been hospitalised with the disease.
Japan's Ministry of Health have said that 21 of the 41 are Japanese.
Passengers are being asked to remain in their cabins to prevent the spread of the virus, however they were expected to be allowed on the open deck for fresh air from today.
They will be under supervision and have to stay a metre apart and wear masks at all times.
About 200 Australians are aboard the ship right now.
The newly confirmed cases have been taken to hospitals in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures.
Another cruise ship, the World Dream, is quarantined in Hong Kong after cases of the coronavirus were reported.
There are more than 31,000 cases of coronavirus around the world, but the overwhelming majority have been in China.
At least 636 people have died of the disease since it first emerged in the city of Wuhan last month.
Today it was revealed a newborn baby was diagnosed with the disease just 36 hours after being born.
Fifteen people in Australia have been diagnosed with coronavirus: Five in Queensland, four each in NSW and Victoria and two in South Australia.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-cruise-41-new-cases-aboard-japan-ship/8b4e567e-c6ad-4857-8bc6-25e3be66ef33