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79 more people test positive on Japan cruise ship: ministry

19 Feb 2020
Passengers stand on balconies onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Feb. 7, 2020. (AFP)
Passengers stand on balconies onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Feb. 7, 2020. (AFP)
Personnel in protective gear tasked to provide care for suspected patients on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama on Feb. 7, 2020. (AFP)
Personnel in protective gear tasked to provide care for suspected patients on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama on Feb. 7, 2020. (AFP)
Passengers stand on balconies onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, Feb. 7, 2020. (Reuters)
Passengers stand on balconies onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, Feb. 7, 2020. (Reuters)
A passenger reacts as he holds a balloon with a smiley face at the balcony of his cabin on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, Feb. 10, 2020. (Reuters)
A passenger reacts as he holds a balloon with a smiley face at the balcony of his cabin on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, Feb. 10, 2020. (Reuters)
A crew member of the cruise ship Diamond Princess talks to a worker wearing protective gear standing near the vessel, Feb. 10, 2020. (Reuters)
A crew member of the cruise ship Diamond Princess talks to a worker wearing protective gear standing near the vessel, Feb. 10, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 20 Feb 2020
19 Feb 2020

TOKYO: An additional 79 cases of coronavirus have been discovered aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, the health ministry said Wednesday, bringing the total to 621.

The new figures come as an initial batch of passengers began disembarking after enduring a 14-day quarantine and then testing negative for the virus.

he death toll from the coronavirus in mainland China passed 2,000 but the number of new cases there fell for a second straight day, offering a sliver of hope and helping Asian shares and U.S. stock futures rise.

China, the world’s second-largest economy, is struggling to get its manufacturing sector back on track after imposing severe travel restrictions to contain a virus that emerged in the central province of Hubei late last year.

In Japan, hundreds of people disembarked from the British-flagged Diamond Princess cruise liner docked at Yokohama near Tokyo, ending an ordeal that began when the ship was quarantined on Feb. 3 after a former passenger was diagnosed with the virus in Hong Kong.

AFP/Reuters

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