Ten Diamond Princess Pax Test Positive For Coronavirus; 251 CDNs Are Aboard
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Ten passengers on a Diamond Princess Cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Yokohama Port in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus and are being hospitalized.
"These 10 persons … will be taken ashore by Japanese Coast Guard watercraft and transported to local hospitals for care by shoreside Japanese medical professionals," Princess Cruises said in a statement.
The new comes after “the first phase of health screening,” where Japanese health officials reviewed 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members on board Diamond Princess for symptoms. Princess has confirmed that 251 Canadians are among the passengers on the ship, but none of the 10 who tested positive so far are Canadian citizens.
The ship will "remain under quarantine in Yokohama," about 27 km from the Japanese capital of Tokyo, for "at least 14 days as required by the Ministry of Health," the statement added.
Princess Cruises quarantined the ship after news one of its passengers tested positive for coronavirus, several days after disembarking from the ship.
The line has announced that two Diamond Princess cruises scheduled to depart Yokohama will be cancelled. The 4FEB cruise was cancelled earlier, and the line has now officially cancelled the 12FEB sailing.
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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.