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Wuhan coronavirus: Japan quarantines 3,500 on cruise ship

Christian Fernsby |
Japan has quarantined a cruise ship carrying 3,500 people and was testing passengers for the new coronavirus today after a passenger who departed in Hong Kong tested positive for the virus.


Television footage showed images of several quarantine officers entering the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the port of Yokohama yesterday evening to check the health of all 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew members.

The move comes after an 80-year-old passenger who disembarked on January 25 in Hong Kong tested positive for the deadly virus.

Japan's top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said yesterday that Japanese authorities would quarantine the vessel, which arrived at Yokohama Bay a day earlier than originally planned.

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