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Coronavirus Spreads To 20 People on Quarantined Cruise Ship Including 2 Canadians

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An additional 10 people including two Canadians aboard the now-quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the current total to 20.

The rest of the ship’s 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members, who are currently quarantined on the Diamond Princess at a port in Yokohama, are likely to remain that way for “at least 14 days as required by the Ministry of Health,” according to a previous statement shared by the cruise line.

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Passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship wave to reports in Yokohama, Japan, on Feb. 6, 2020. Kazuhiro Nogi—AFP/Getty Images

Princess Cruises had previously confirmed that at least 10 passengers had tested positive for the virus in a statement released earlier this week. Screening for the novel illness initially began on Monday, after the ship returned to Yokohama after a 14-day cruise. Concerns arose after a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25 tested positive for the virus.

The first 10 passengers who tested positive were transported to local medical centers, Princess Cruises said Wednesday.

On Thursday, however, the cruise line released a subsequent statement confirming that “10 additional people” had tested positive.

“Princess Cruises can confirm that we have been notified that amongst the second set of samples that have completed testing,10 additional people have tested positive for Coronavirus.”


The infected passengers currently include seven people from Japan, three from the U.S., three from Hong Kong, two from Australia, two from Canada, and one each from New Zealand, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Kim Phillips told CTV News Vancouver the ship's captain made an announcement confirming the 10 new cases as passengers waited, quarantined in their rooms.

Phillips is aboard the Diamond Princess with her husband and parents, along with thousands of other passengers waiting to get off the ship in the port of Yokohama, just south of Tokyo.

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Tuesday morning, passengers were informed there were 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus on the ship, and everyone had to quarantine in their rooms.

Since then, Phillips said, she's spent two sleepless nights stuck in her cabin.

Japan's health minister said those who tested positive were removed from the ship and are now in hospital. But the crew on the ship and rest of the passengers have to remain for the 14-day quarantine.


Phillips is travelling with her parents, who are turning 80, so she said it has tough being in separate rooms and unable to see each other.

“We’ve talked on the phone and they’ve just learned how to FaceTime so they can FaceTime,” she said.

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