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Taiwanese tests positive for coronavirus on quarantined cruise ship

ROC Central News Agency

02/06/2020 02:15 PM

Taipei, Feb. 6 (CNA) A Taiwanese woman aboard a cruise ship quarantined in Japan's Yokohama Harbor has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Thursday.

The woman, in her 60s, is one of 20 passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise liner who have tested positive for the virus.

Of the 10 latest cases confirmed Thursday, four are Japanese, two are from the United States, two are Canadians, one is Taiwanese and one is from New Zealand, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health.

The patients have all been taken to hospitals in Kanagawa Prefecture, the ministry said.

The ship will remain under quarantine in Yokohama for at least 14 days.

In response to the new cases, the CECC announced that all international cruise ships are prohibited from entering Taiwanese ports with immediate effect.

Previously, only cruise ships that have visited China, Hong Kong or Macau in the last 14 days, or have carried passengers confirmed or suspected of suffering from coronavirus in the last 28 days have been refused entry.

According to Japanese media, there are 20 Taiwanese nationals among the 3,711 passengers and crew aboard the vessel.

Taiwan's representative office in Yokohama has requested the cruise ship to provide necessary assistance to the remaining Taiwanese passengers, such as delivery of medicine for the elderly and chronic disease patients, according to Kuo Chung-shi (郭仲熙), secretary-general of the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association.

The Japanese authorities began health screenings on everyone aboard the cruise ship Monday when the ship docked at Yokohama, after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who sailed on the vessel late last month tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

(By Yang Ming-chu, Chen Wei-ting, Emerson Lim and Chiang Yi-ching)


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