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Wuhan coronavirus: Japan army readies ferry to be used for quarantine

Christian Fernsby |
Japan’s Self-Defense Forces prepared a chartered ferry today to use as a quarantine ship that could house hundreds of suspected coronavirus cases as the number of infected people in the country rises.

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Topics: WUHAN    CORONAVIRUS    JAPAN    ARMY    FERRY    QUARANTINE   

The 17,000-ton Hakuo was docked at the Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo, which is also the home port of the U.S. Navy’s Ronald Reagan carrier. If put into service, the ship will initially take up to 94 people, but can accommodate more.

“Around 300 people could comfortably live on the ship and it has a maximum capacity for 500, although that would mean queues for the baths and other facilities,” a Japan Self-Defense Force official told Reuters.

Preparations aboard the Hakuo come as health authorities placed more than 3,500 people on two weeks quarantine on a cruise liner anchored off Japan after health officials confirmed that 10 people on the ship had tested positive for coronavirus and more cases were possible.


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