20 Japan cruise ship passengers test positive for coronavirus

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During a press conference earlier this week, Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the passengers were taken ashore by the Japanese Coast Guard and transported to local hospitals for medical care.

The number of passengers on the Japanese cruise ship Diamond Princess that tested positive for the novel coronavirus rose from 10 to 20.

During a press conference earlier this week, Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said 10 passengers were taken ashore by the Japanese Coast Guard and transported to local hospitals for medical care. Meanwhile, the rest of the 3,700 passengers and crew were quarantined aboard the ship.

The number of infected individuals increased to 20 by Thursday.

According to a report from ABC News, the passengers were among 273 people tested after showing symptoms of the virus, or had close contact with an infected individual who got off the ship in Hong Kong. They include guests from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, U.S., and one Filipino crewmember

The cruise ship returned to Yokohama on Monday evening after making port calls in Vietnam, Taiwan, and Okinawa.

The ship will remain offshore in Yokohama while the passengers go through the two-week quarantine period.

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