Diamond Princess cruise ship's coronavirus quarantine ends

Diamond Princess cruise ship's coronavirus quarantine ends

Hundreds returned to land today after a two-week quarantine on Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is currently docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan. 

The ship was originally quarantined on Feb. 4 due to coronavirus. As of Tuesday morning, at least 542 people had tested positive for the virus, out of 3,711 quarantined passengers and crew, making the ship the site of the most infections outside of China.

Some passengers got on buses to be transported to train stations. Some people still in their ship cabins waved farewell from their balconies to those who’d already departed.

Two Russian women, who have not contracted the novel coronavirus, also left the Diamond Princess cruise ship today. They met with the Russian Embassy’s staff and traveled in the diplomatic mission’s vehicle.

According to Japan’s authorities, some 500 people, mostly Japanese nationals, will disembark from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship today.

Those passengers, who were in cabins with those infected, will remain onboard the ship under medical supervision even if they have not contracted the virus. The crew members will be allowed to leave the ship if they successfully passed the two-week quarantine? TASS reported.

The total number of coronavirus cases onboard the cruise ship stands at 542. One Russian national is among them, who has been hospitalized. His wife, who was also sent to hospital, tested negative for the virus, but she is under doctors’ care amid the risk of infection.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship left Yokohama on January 20 and returned on February 3. Among them was a coronavirus-infected Chinese citizen who left the ship on January 25 in Hong Kong. In accordance with the decision made by the Japanese authorities, the ship, with some 3,700 passengers and crew onboard, was anchored near Yokohama and quarantined for two weeks since February 5.

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