NEW DELHI: At least six Indian passengers and “many” crew members are among about 3,700 passengers and crew on Japanese cruise liner Diamond Princess, quarantined at Yokohama port in Japan for the past few days due to coronavirus fears.
Princess Cruises, the ship’s operator, said “quarantine end date will be February 19, unless there are unforeseen developments”. So far, 61 people on board — none of them Indians — have tested positive for the deadly virus and moved to hospitals.
The ship is currently believed to be the largest known cluster of coronavirus infection outside China.
As of February 6 at 7.25pm (Japan local time), no Indians have tested positive for coronavirus. The Japanese ministry of health has confirmed this is the last batch to be tested… The Japanese government is also providing our ship and team members additional manpower support,” Princess Cruises, the ship’s operator, said.
Foreign minister S Jaishankar tweeted on Friday: “Many Indian crew & some Indian passengers are onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined off Japan due to coronavirus. None have tested positive, as per the latest information provided by our Embassy (in Tokyo). We are closely following the developments.”
An 80-year-old passenger, who had disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25 after spending five days in the cruise liner, had later tested positive for coronavirus. The ship was quarantined when it returned to Yokohama port this Monday.
First 20 people on board tested positive, followed by 41 more. Passengers have been given thermometers and asked to alert crew if their body temperature rises beyond 99.6°F.


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