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Japan confirms 10 cases of coronavirus aboard the ‘Diamond Princess’ cruise

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Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato confirmed Wednesday that ten people out of 3,711 aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship are affected by the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which has already killed 490 people and affected 24,324 in China.

The ship was again quarantined Tuesday in the Japanese port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, after one of the passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25 tested positive for the virus. A total of 273 people who had close contact with the infected 80-year-old passenger were tested to see if they too were affected by the coronavirus, the Japanese minister said at a news conference held by the Kyodo News agency.

The Japanese government has asked the cruise ship’s passengers and crew, who come from 56 different countries, to stay on the ship for two more weeks starting Wednesday.

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