Another 44 coronavirus infections confirmed on cruise ship: Minister

Tourists on a sightseeing cruise ship wave to passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which is anchored at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 12, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

Another 44 people on board a cruise ship moored off Japan’s coast have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the country’s health minister said Thursday.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the 44 new cases were detected from another 221 new tests. They raise the number of infections detected on the Diamond Princess to 218, in addition to a quarantine officer who also tested positive for the virus.

More than 3,700 passengers and crew members have been quarantined, not docked, simply floating nearby dryland, where ambulances and health officers in hazmat suits are ready to wheel off the infected patients for treatment.

Passengers face difficult conditions on board. They are allotted time periods where they can leave their cabins and go on deck in shifts for fresh air.

Watch: Passengers stuck on the Diamond Princess show life on board, vent their frustrations

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01