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Japan: Number of passengers infected with coronavirus on board increases

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — According to Japanese media, the number of passengers tested positive for coronavirus aboard the ship in Japan has reached 61.

Japan’s Ministry of Health confirmed that over 41 people on board have tested positive for the new virus, which first appeared in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

About 3,700 passengers and crew from 56 different countries, including three nationals from Northern Macedonia, are aboard the Princess Diamond ship, which is quarantined in Kanagawa Prefecture south of Tokyo.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Northern Macedonia confirmed the presence of three of its nationals on the ship yesterday when there were only 20 infected by coronavirus.

Japanese news agency Kyodo reported that those diagnosed with coronavirus are between 20 and 80 years old, while being transferred to health facilities in Tokyo and nearby prefectures.

Those affected by the virus include 21 Japanese, eight Americans, five Australians, five Canadians, one Argentinean and one British.

The Japanese ministry announced that of the last 20 people infected with coronavirus, one is in serious condition.

The ship, along with the passengers, was stopped after it was discovered that a passenger, who had landed in Hong Kong, was infected with coronavirus.

Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told a news conference that “while people were staying together indoors for a period of time, they had close repetitive contact.”

The ship returned Monday to the Japanese city of Yokohama, where it departed on January 20 after visiting Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Okinawan.

By taking measures to stop the spread of the fatal virus, which has killed at least 637 people, Japan has demanded that the ship coming from Hong Kong not enter the country.

The ship, which was scheduled to enter the port of Naha in Okinawa on Saturday, is still awaiting a response from the Japanese government’s request. There are 1,455 passengers and a crew of 802 on board.

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