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Coronavirus: “Many” Indians aboard a quarantined ship in Japan | India News


NEW DELHI: At least six Indian passengers and “many” crew members are among 3,700 passengers and the crew on the Japanese Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined at the Yokohama port in Japan during the last days due to fears of coronavirus

Princess Cruises, the ship’s operator, said “the quarantine end date will be February 19, unless there are unforeseen events.” So far, 61 people on board, none of them Indian, have tested positive for the deadly virus and have moved to hospitals.

It is currently believed that the ship is the largest known group of coronavirus infection outside of China.

From February 6 at 7.25 p.m. (local time in Japan), no Indian has tested positive for coronavirus. The Japanese Ministry of Health has confirmed that this is the last batch to be tested … The Japanese government is also providing our ship and team members with additional labor support, “said Princess Cruises, the ship’s operator.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Friday: “Many Indian crew members and some Indian passengers are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in quarantine outside of Japan due to the coronavirus. None has tested positive, according to the latest information provided by our Embassy (in Tokyo). We are following events closely. ”

An 80-year-old passenger, who had landed in Hong Kong on January 25 after spending five days on the cruise, then tested positive for coronavirus. The ship was quarantined when it returned to the port of Yokohama on Monday.

The first 20 people on board tested positive, followed by 41 more. The passengers were given thermometers and were asked to notify the crew if their body temperature exceeds 99.6 ° F.

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