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Two Indians test positive for Corona-virus on cruise ship off Japan

The Diamond Princess Cruise ship, currently docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, has 3,711 people on board, including 132 crew members and six passengers who are Indian nationals.  

Two Indian Nationals have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) on a cruise ship off the Japanese coast, Indian government sources said.

The Diamond Princess Cruise ship, currently docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, has 3,711 people on board, including 132 crew members and six passengers who are Indian nationals.

The ship reached Yokohama on February 3, 2020, after visiting Hong Kong and Okinawa. On the same day, the government of Japan conducted an on-board quarantine.

Japan quarantined the ship as one passenger who had dis-embarked at Hong Kong on Jan 25 was found to be infected with the virus on Feb 1. Taking into account the maximum incubation period of 14 days for the corona-virus, Japan has quarantined the cruise ship at Yokohama for 14 days. The quarantine period started from Feb 5 and will end on Feb 19.

During the quarantine period, passengers monitored, requested to remain restricted to their rooms

During this period, passengers have been kept under monitoring and requested to remain restricted to their rooms. They have been provided with protective masks, medicines and necessary supplies including water and food, as well as regular phone and Internet services. Quarantine officers have been deputed by Japan on the ship, including doctors to attend to the needs of passengers.

Those tested positive taken to hospitals in Tokyo

“As of February 12, 2020, 174 people have tested positive for N-Coronavirus, including two Indian nationals. People who have tested positive have been taken to hospitals in Japanese capital Tokyo for treatment,” an Indian government source said.

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