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COVID-19 at Diamond Princess: 67 more people got infected

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The new COVID-19 coronavirus was detected in 67 more people who are quarantined at the port of Japanese Yokohama aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

This was announced at a press conference by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan Katsunobu Kato, clarifying that 38 of these 67 people do not show any symptoms of the disease.

Citizenship of new carriers of infection has not yet been specified. The total number of coronavirus infected on Diamond Princess reached 285 people.

Since February 19, due to the expiration of the quarantine period, the evacuation of passengers with Diamond Princess should begin. First of all, older people over the age of 70 who evoke no symptoms of the virus are evacuated from the liner.

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus in Japan exceeded 330 people.

U.S. authorities have announced that they are evacuating quarantined Americans aboard the Diamond Princess.

As explained at the US Embassy in Tokyo, about 380 people on Sunday will be sent to the United States by plane. They will be delivered to Haneda Tokyo Airport by buses, Kyodo reports .

It is reported that after the decision of the United States to evacuate its citizens, the Japanese authorities are open to cooperation in the event of proposals for evacuation from other foreign states.

The ship left Yokohama on January 20 and returned on February 3 after a new coronavirus was found in a passenger who left on January 25 in Hong Kong.

Earlier, approximately 200 elderly passengers were released from the quarantine ship. There are currently approximately 3,400 passengers and crew members remaining at Diamond Princess.

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