First Russian citizen diagnosed with coronavirus

First Russian citizen diagnosed with coronavirus

A Russian woman, who is onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan's Yokohama, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Russian Embassy in Japan said.

This is the first confirmed coronavirus case among Russians.   

The Russian national underwent medical examination for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) along with other passengers of the vessel. "The Russian will be taken to hospital soon where she will undergo treatment," TASS cited the diplomatic mission as saying.

Earlier today, Japanese doctors reported 99 new coronavirus cases onboard the cruise ship, bringing the total number of those infected to 454.

Some 3,700 people from 50 countries, including Russia, were onboard the cruise ship when it 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 was anchored near Yokohama and quarantined for two weeks.

Sme 380 U.S. nationals left the Diamond Princess and were earlier evacuated to a U.S. Air Force base in California.

China registered an outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, in late December 2019. Cases of the novel coronavirus were found in 25 other countries and territories, including Russia. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. According to the latest data, the death toll from coronavirus is nearing 1,800 and more than 71,000 people have been infected. Over 11,000 people have recovered.

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