130 coronavirus cases confirmed on cruise ship off Japan with Israelis on board
Another 60 people on a cruise liner off Japan tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total confirmed cases from the ship to 130, Japan’s health minister says.
The Diamond Princess was placed on a two-week quarantine upon arriving at Yokohama after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.
Those infected were taken off the ship and moved to hospitals in Tokyo and neighboring towns.
About 3,700 people are aboard the cruise, which has a crew of 1,100 and a passenger capacity of 2,670.
Among the passengers on the ship are at least 14 Israelis who are currently under quarantine.
“We do not understand the information the ship’s crew are telling us and whether we’re supposed to stay in our cabin for 14 days,” said an Israeli passenger quarantined in the ship.
The announcement came as the death toll inside China rose to 908, with more than 40,000 infected.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there had been “concerning instances” of coronavirus among people who had no history of traveling to China and urged all countries to prepare for the possible arrival of the virus.
“The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg,” Tedros said in a series of tweets on Monday morning.
Chinese expert Zhong Nan-Shan led a research on the clinical traits of the coronavirus and concluded that the incubation period of the virus can go from 3 days to as long as 24 days. Previously, the longest incubation period was believed to be 14 days.