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41 more cases detected on ship quarantined in Japan

The number of diagnosed cases of coronavirus on a Princess Cruises ship quarantined off the coast of Yokohoma, Japan, has tripled, according to the latest report from the cruise line. 

The Japanese Ministry of Health notified Princess Cruises that an additional 41 people screened aboard the Diamond Princess have tested positive for coronavirus, the cruise line said in a statement late Thursday. On Wednesday, Princess Cruises confirmed 20 diagnosed cases of coronavirus on the ship, which was already under a 14-day quarantine.

Guests testing positive are expected to be transported to local hospitals immediately.

Japanese health officials have reviewed 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members on board Diamond Princess for symptoms, Princess Cruises’ Public Relations Director Negin Kamali said. 

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“The health and safety of our guests and crew remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with the Japan Ministry of Health on all protocols and procedures while ensuring the comfort and well-being of our guests,” Kamali said in the statement. 

The cruise line promised, “Guests will continue to be provided complimentary internet and telephone … the ship’s company is working to keep all guests comfortable.”  

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