Woman found to be infected after leaving virus-hit ship

25-Feb-2020 Intellasia | JapanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Japanese passenger from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship who lives in Tochigi Prefecture was found to be infected with the new virus after her disembarkation, the prefectural government said Saturday.

This is the first time that a Japanese passenger from the ship, quarantined for the COVID-19 virus at Yokohama Port in Kanagawa Prefecture, has tested positive for the new virus after getting off the ship.

The woman in her 60s left the ship on Wednesday with her husband, who is in his 70s,, after the end of the quarantine period. She had no symptoms as of Wednesday and had tested negative in a virus check she underwent on February 14 or later.

The couple reached the closest station to their home by bus and train. An acquaintance drove them home from the station.

The infected woman went shopping on Wednesday but has stayed at home since then. She wore a face mask for the entire time after her disembarkation. She developed a fever on Friday and saw a doctor on Saturday.

Her husband has no symptoms.

After the announcement of the woman’s infection, Tochigi Gov. Tomikazu Fukuda told a press conference, “We want the central government to go a step further in responding [to the spread of the virus on the ship].”

On February 5, two days after the cruise ship arrived in Yokohama, 10 people on the ship were found to be infected with the virus.

The Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry asked passengers to stay in their cabins to prevent further infection while announcing plans to carry out virus tests on all passengers and allow those testing negative to disembark starting Wednesday.

Passengers totalling 443, including many elderly Japanese, left the ship on Wednesday.

Among those who got off the ship, multiple Australian nationals were confirmed to be infected with the virus in tests conducted in their home countries.



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