New cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is currently quarantined off the coast of Japan. During the day, the infection was detected in 41 more passengers. Thus, the number of sick passengers increased to 61, TASS reports, citing Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
On Thursday night, the Japanese authorities said that on Friday, February 7, the country was closing its ports for the arrival of foreign cruise ships and for passengers who did not have Japanese passports. According to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, these measures are applied to prevent further spread of the epidemic.
As it was stated by Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato, there are no crew members among the infected. He noted that most of the people detected with coronavirus aged from 70 to 80 years.
As we reported earlier, at least 25 Ukrainians are on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined off the coast of Japan due to the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
In particular, the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health, referring to the data of the International Health Regulations Coordinator of Japan, reported about 26 citizens of Ukraine, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - about 25 Ukrainians.
"The national MSME coordinator of Japan announced on February 5 about 26 citizens of Ukraine aboard this cruise ship," the report said.