Third group of Diamond Princess passengers disembarks

Local | 21 Feb 2020 6:52 pm

A third group of passengers is disembarking from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship near Tokyo.

More than 700 people have left the ship since their two-week quarantine period ended on Wednesday. Officials hope to see off another 450 passengers by the end of today, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports.

One passenger said he just wanted to sit around and take a bath for now. Another man said he would stay at home for a while.

Only those without symptoms and who have tested negative for the virus will be allowed to leave the ship. Two Diamond Princess passengers died and more than 600 others have contracted the virus.

Anyone who shared a cabin with an infected passenger is being asked to stay at a government-provided facility, even if they test negative. The period of their stay depends on when their cabin mate was removed.

Officials will also ask those who have returned home to keep an eye on their health for two weeks, and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.


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