14 Koreans aboard cruise ship quarantined in Japan

15-Feb-2020 Intellasia | KoreaTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Fourteen Koreans are among the people aboard the virus-stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined off the coast of Japan.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday, nine passengers and five crew members, most of whom are residents in Japan, “remain healthy” on the ship, where 218 people were confirmed to have been infected with the new coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Korean Consulate general in Yokohama has kept in contact with the Koreans to check their condition since the UK-flagged vessel was moored off Yokohama on February 3.

More than 3,700 people are stuck on the ship after a few people tested positive for the virus, which has killed more than 1,400 people and infected more than 64,000 in 29 countries over the past few weeks.

Authorities in Japan have so far tested about 700 people on board.

The original plan was to quarantine the ship until February 19, but on Thursday, Japanese Health minister Katsunobu Kato said elderly people with pre-existing conditions would be allowed to leave earlier and complete their quarantine onshore.

The Korean passengers are not included among the early leavers.



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