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At least 10 onboard Japan cruise Boat test positive for coronavirus: Minister

Last updated on February 5, 2020

Japan quarantined the vessel taking 3,711 individuals and was analyzing those onboard to the virus following having a former passenger who has been diagnosed with the disease after disembarking in Hong Kong.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told colleagues that specimens were gathered from over 200 individuals on board the Diamond Princess.

Thus far, the consequences of 31 evaluations can be found, together with 10 people on board confirmed to have the virus,” he explained.

“From approximately 7:30 am (2230 GMT Tuesday)we had them (the 10 who tested positive) eliminate the boat, and with collaboration with the coastguard we’re sending them into medical organizations,” he explained.

The remaining passengers and crew onboard the boat are going to be asked to remain on the boat for 14 days, Kato explained, mentioning the medical consensus that the virus has an incubation period of up to fourteen days.

Over 20 nations have confirmed cases of the virus, that has killed almost 500 people and infected over 24,000 in southern China.

Approximately 20 cases were confirmed in Japan excluding the cruise boat infections, one of them citizens returning from Wuhan, the Chinese town in the center of the epidemic.

Neither had seen China lately.

Japan has fast-tracked execution of rules permitting it to deny entry to individuals who have recently moved to Wuhan, or even people with Chinese passports issued there.

It’s totaled over 500 Japanese citizens in town in the center of the outbreak, also brought some criticism because of its comparatively loose quarantine strategy.

Those returning were requested to voluntarily submit to testing to the virus and asked to”self-quarantine”, instead of being isolated as other states did with their taxpayers.

Two arriving Japanese citizens originally refused to be analyzed in any way, even though they later changed their thoughts.

Japanese officials say the present designation of this virus doesn’t allow for forcible quarantine of the not diagnosed with the virus, nor compulsory testing for those supposed to possess it.