Saturday 22 February, 2020

64 individuals found infected with Coronavirus aboard cruise ship

Medical workers in protective suits lead a passenger tested positive for a new coronavirus from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

Medical workers in protective suits lead a passenger tested positive for a new coronavirus from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Yokohama Port in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Wednesday, February 5, 2020. (Hiroko Harima/Kyodo News via AP)

A total of 37,251 people worldwide have tested positive for Coronavirus according to the World Health Organisation. Sixty-four of these were passengers aboard the cruise ship, Diamond Princess.

On February 9, Japanese National Health Authorities provided WHO with a detailed update on the situation of the Diamond Princess, currently harboured in Yokohama, Japan.

Following confirmation of a case of 2019-nCoV, all crew and passengers are being quarantined for a 14-day period on board the vessel, and have been  asked to stay in their cabins and to wear a mask when leaving their cabin. All crew and passengers are closely followed up, and are medically examined and tested for 2019-nCoV when displaying any signs or symptoms suggestive of 2019- nCoV disease. The quarantine period will come to an end on February 19. Epidemiological and environmental investigations are ongoing.

As of February 8, 64 individuals were found to have been infected with 2019-nCoV among the passengers and crew members. All individuals testing positive were disembarked and admitted for medical care in infectious disease hospitals in the Yokohama area.

Close contacts of the infected passengers are asked to remain in quarantine for 14 days from last contact with a confirmed case. Thus, the quarantine period will be extended beyond February 19, as appropriate only for close contacts of newly confirmed cases.

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