While Japan confirms 10 coronavirus cases on Diamond Princess cruise ship, the Chinese authorities said deaths rise to at least 490, TRT World reports on Wednesday.
The Japanese cruise ship reported on at least 10 people who tested positive on coronavirus and were taken to hospitals. The 10 are a Filipino crew member and nine passengers, two Australians, three Japanese, three Hong Kong nationals and an American.
After that news, all 3,700 crew and passengers on the ship will be quarantined on board for up to 14 days, Japan’s Health Minister Katsunobu Kato confirmed on Wednesday. As the public health authorities report, the 10 cases confirmed on the Diamond Princess raised Japan’s total to 33 cases.
As of Feb 5, the number of confirmed cases surpasses 24,500 globally with 24,324 confirmed ones on the Chinese mainland. Around 5,500 people have been kept in quarantine on two cruise ships off the coast of Japan, including Diamond Princess. Another ship, The World Dream, made a stop in Hong Kong.
The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus has risen to at least 490 in mainland China on Wednesday, while new cases on a Japanese cruise ship, as well as in Hong Kong and in other places showed the increasing spread of the outbreak and renewed attention toward containing it.
Coronavirus: number of cases has crossed 25, 000 globally
The World Dream ship, operated by Dream Cruises, was denied entry in the southern Taiwan port of Kaohsiung on Tuesday. On Monday, the ship visited Taiwan’s northern Keelung port.
Now, Hong Kong is testing over 1,800 passengers and crew on a cruise ship for a coronavirus that originated in China after some crew members reported having fever and other symptoms.
Hospitals in Hong Kong said they had to cut some services due to striking workers’ absences. More than 7,000 joined the strike Tuesday, according to the Hospital Authority Employees’ Alliance, the strike organiser. Meanwhile, the public authorities in the world are reporting raising cases but low fatalities.