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CBC News 5 Feb 2020

251 Canadians quarantined on cruise ship in Japan

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A cruise operator says 251 Canadians are aboard a quarantined cruise ship where there's been a confirmed outbreak of the novel coronavirus off the coast of Japan. Ten passengers and crew members have tested positive for the virus. 


Up to 209 Canadian passengers who have been quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan because of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus will leave for a flight back to Canada on Friday. Two Japanese passengers with underlying health issues have died of COVID-19. 


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The potentially deadly coronavirus is being blamed for more than 900 deaths, including one American. The outbreak aboard a cruise ship in Japan is getting worse with more than 130 cases confirmed, including more than two dozen Americans. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta joined "CBSN AM" from Hong Kong with more.
At least 130 people have tested positive for the coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan. Among the passengers on the vessel quarantined since the ship arrived in the port of Yokohama last week are Cheryl and Paul Molesky. Meanwhile, health authorities in China say more people there have fallen victim to the coronavirus. But thousands of people were allowed to disembark from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong after a four-day quarantine resulted in passengers testing negative for the virus.
As the number of deaths rises from the spread of the coronavirus, the U.S. Embassy says Americans will be able to leave Japan after the quarantine.

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