Another 99 people have tested positive for coronavirus aboard the cruise ship DIAMOND PRINCESS berthed at Yokohama, south of Tokyo in Japan bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 454.
Hundreds of American passengers from the liner, where travellers have been mostly confined to their cabins since 3rd February, have been flown back to the US. Fourteen passengers tested positive during the evacuation, the US state department said.
Australia said it would follow suit on Wednesday. Both countries have said citizens will face a further two weeks of quarantine after arriving home. Forty American passengers who were diagnosed with the virus have already been transferred to hospitals in Japan.
Some passengers still on the ship will face another two weeks in isolation if they have shared a cabin with someone who tested positive.
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Published – Tuesday 18th February 2020