The Japanese authorities announced the registration of 79 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on the ship “Diamond Princess“, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 621 cases, and the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) said on Wednesday that the results of laboratory tests were positive for 79 people, While the infected are scheduled to leave the ship next Friday.
It is noteworthy that the Coronavirus can infect animals and humans, and causes a group of diseases that range from common cold to severe ones such as those caused by acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
The passengers of the ship infected with the Corona Diamond “Diamond Princess” off the Japanese city of Yokohama began leaving Wednesday, after staying in quarantine for two weeks, which raised questions about the way the Japanese government deals with the crisis of the virus outbreak on board the ship.
The Japanese government has reported – according to Kyodo News – that the ship’s departure is expected to last for at least three days.
First groups to leave the ship consisted of about 500 passengers, the majority of whom are elderly people, after the results of their HIV tests were negative and after completing their final checks by following up with the doctors.
For his part, Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said – in a parliamentary committee meeting – that there is no need to keep the passengers, who left the ship, in more isolation.
The ship has been quarantined since its arrival in the Japanese city of Yokohama on the third of February, after it was discovered that cases of Corona among its passengers, and according to recent data, the number of people infected with the virus exceeded 540 people out of a total of 3700 people on board the ship among its passengers.