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More Than 60 New Coronavirus Cases Found on Diamond Princess

By ,   February 10, 2020 ,   Accidents

Japan may test every person aboard Diamond Princess for the coronavirus after it was revealed on Monday, February 10, that there were 66 new cases on the quarantined vessel docked at Yokohama port in Japan, taking to 130 the number of infections.

The cruise passengers have been confined on the cruise ship for 6 days with limited outdoor activities. 

China’s health ministry said today that another 3,062 cases had been reported over the last 24 hours, raising China mainland’s total to 40,171. The deaths' number grew from 97 to 908.

On Friday, February 7, a health official said the quarantine would be extended every time a new case of Coronavirus was confirmed on the cruise ship. The quarantine of the Princess Cruises vessel had been set to expire on February 19. However, the date will be reset if any new samples test positive for Coronavirus. An additional 41 cases were confirmed on Friday, bringing the total among crew and passengers to 61. Then on Saturday, officials announced they had confirmed 3 more cases, for a total of 64.

The first ten cases were announced on Wednesday, and the second ten on Thursday, February 6

Diamond Princess cruise ship

Diamond Princess, with about 3,700 people arrived in Yokohama last Monday after a 2-week-long trip to Southeast Asia. The passengers were forced to stay on the ship since an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who disembarked in January tested positive for the coronavirus.

Princess Cruises cancelled 2 other scheduled voyages on the vessel departing from Yokohama this month. The number of cases on Diamond Princess made Japan home to the most coronavirus patients outside of China.

For other Diamond Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.