Ten more passengers from cruise ship in Japan infected by coronavirus

World Yen Doran 06-Feb-2020
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Ten more people from cruise ship Diamond Princess, in the port city of Yokohama, were infected by new virus, said Japanese health officials on Feb. 6.

The Diamond Princess is currently under quarantined in Japan, while China reported 73 more deaths. The ships in Japan are caught up in a global health emergency that seems to worsen by the day.

The World Health Organization (WHO) appealed for more funds to help countries battle the spread of the disease.

Health workers in Japan said 10 more people from the Diamond Princess were confirmed ill with the virus, in addition to 10 others who tested positive on Feb. 5.

The latest infections included four Japanese, two Americans, two Canadians, one New Zealander and one Taiwanese. Most were in their 60s and 70s.

They were dropped off as the ship docked and transferred to nearby hospitals for further test and treatment.

The 3,700 people on board faced a two-week quarantine in their cabins. The ship had 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members.

More tests are pending on 171 others who had symptoms or contact with someone diagnosed with the virus after leaving the ship in Hong Kong, the Health Ministry said.

Outside mainland China, at least 240 cases have been confirmed including two fatalities, one in Hong Kong and another in the Philippines.

South Korea reported four more cases for a total of 23. They included a Chinese tourist and South Koreans whose relatives were infected or were in contact with patients.