Coronavirus infection rate on cruise ship doubles in one day to 135
The number of people infected with the Wuhan coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan has doubled in a single day to 135. One of the quarantined passengers explains how she and her family are passing the time while onboard.
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. The operator of a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, near Tokyo, says an additional 65 cases of the novel coronavirus have been diagnosed, including one Canadian. Trudy Clement, a Canadian aboard the Diamond Princess who has not fallen ill, says "today was probably the most stressful day we've had." A British couple, quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sally and David Abel are among 74 British citizens, on the vessel, the Diamond Princess.
Japanese officials say there are on-board 542 confirmed cases, making it the largest cluster outside China.
The UK Foreign Office says it's "working to organise a flight back to the UK" for British nationals.
Presented by Clive Myrie, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.