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Dozens more people on cruise ship off Japan diagnosed with coronavirus

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A further 44 people on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo have tested positive for coronavirus, Japan’s health ministry has confirmed.

A further 44 people on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo have tested positive for coronavirus, Japan's health ministry has confirmed.

It brings the total number of cases on board the Diamond Princess to 218, after 39 new cases were diagnosed yesterday.

The ship, which has been under quarantine since February 3, is still carrying more than 3,500 passengers and crewmembers.

The US-operated Diamond Princess had completed a 14-day tour during which it stopped at Hong Kong and several other Asian ports before returning to Japan.

An 80-year-old man who disembarked in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus, prompting Hong Kong to notify the ship and Japanese authorities, who then ordered the quarantine and testing.

Concerns over the virus have rerouted and cancelled other cruises.

The Westerdam cruise ship carrying 2,257 passengers and crew is now en route to Cambodia after it was refused entry to Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand.

There are no confirmed cases of the virus on board, but it stopped in Hong Kong less than two weeks ago, which is within the incubation period of the virus.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-cruise-ship-quarantine-44-new-cases-on-diamond-princess/febad145-72c2-4786-a7e4-63b8474f170a

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