Japan’s Health Ministry says another 60 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have been infected with coronavirus, taking the total number of cases from the vessel to 130.
- Authorities say they may test everyone onboard before allowing them to disembark
- There are 3,111 people on board, including 223 Australians
- The ship was placed under quarantine on February 3 after a man tested positive
All passengers — including 223 Australians — are being quarantined on the vessel, docked at the port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo.
Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato previously said the Government was considering testing everyone on board before allowing them to disembark.
Passengers have been voicing their concern about their wait on the ship, including by flying banners calling for help from the ship’s balconies.
Some Australians on board have told the ABC that conditions are “concerning”, while others have said operators are “trying their best” in a tricky situation.
However, Mr Kato said his Government was “doing the utmost to keep everyone in good health”.
The Diamond Princess was placed under quarantine after arriving at Yokohama on February 3, in the wake of a man who disembarked in Hong Kong being diagnosed with the virus.
Passengers have been allowed on decks in shifts in order to get fresh air and have been encouraged to regularly take their temperature.
The health ministry is separating its count of those on the ship who have been infected from those within Japan who have been infected.
The disease has killed more than 900 people, predominantly in mainland China, and infected more than 40,000.
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