Three HK passengers on Diamond Princess cruise ship infected with virusLocal | 5 Feb 2020 2:33 pm
Three Hong Kong passengers are among 10 who tested positive for the deadly Wuhan coronavirus after arriving in Japan on board the Carnival Corp's Princess Cruises cruise ship, Diamond Princess.
None of the 10 infected people - three each from Hong Kong and Japan, two Australians, one American and one Filipino crew member - had severe symptoms, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Health officials in Japan confirmed today that 10 people on the cruise ship had tested positive for coronavirus and more cases were possible, Reuters reports.
While the infected patients were transferred by Japan's coast guard to hospitals on the mainland, the remainder of the passengers and crew on board the Carnival Corp ship were placed in quarantine.
"I want to take sufficient care of the health of passengers and crew and make every effort to prevent the spread of the virus," Japan Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters in Tokyo.
The decision meant that about 3,700 passengers on Carnival's Diamond Princess, which had arrived back in Yokohama on Monday after a 14-day round trip, will now spend another two weeks on the ship off Yokohama port near Tokyo.
NHK, reports that health officials say two patients joined a bus tour when the cruise ship stopped at a port in Kagoshima, southern Japan. The individuals traveled on the bus with an 80-year-old man from Hong Kong. He was the first of the ship's passengers found to be infected with the virus. He was diagnosed after he disembarked in Hong Kong.
Princess Cruises operates 17 ships.
Carnival Corporation & plc says it is the world's largest leisure travel company. Its portfolio includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises (Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.-Reuters/The Standard