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Cruise ship in Japan quarantined with coronavirus diagnosed passenger

02/04/2020| 6:30:48 PM|

2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members will now be required to stay on board until at least Tuesday night.

Japanese authorities are racing to contain a possible outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus after it was revealed that an infected passenger flew into Tokyo and spent a few days aboard a Princess Cruises ship, forcing authorities to lock down the vessel and quarantine thousands of people on board.

The ship, the Diamond Princess, ended its planned 14-day itinerary early and is currently docked off the coast of Yokohama, not far from the Japanese capital. Medical officials are going room-by-room to check each guests' temperature and medical condition, Japan's health ministry said in a statement. Several passengers have reported feeling ill, and the tests to check if they contracted the virus will take four to five hours, the ministry said.

Passengers and crew will now be required to stay onboard until at least Tuesday night.

There are 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members on board, Princess Cruises said in a statement.

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