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BBC News 6 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Ten passengers on cruise ship test positive for virus


At least 10 people on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, health authorities say.

Almost 300 of the 3,700 people on the Diamond Princess have been tested so far. The number of infected could rise.

The checks began after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been on the ship last month fell ill with the virus.

Some 3,600 people on a second cruise ship docked in Hong Kong are also being tested.
David Abel is one of 3,700 people in quarantine aboard a cruise ship docked near Yokohama, Japan.

Ten people who tested have positive for coronavirus have been taken off the ship and to hospital, but everyone else must remain on board the Diamond Princess.

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.

Produced for the BBC News at Ten
Vice President Mike Pence says 21 people on a cruise ship being held off San Francisco have tested positive for coronavirus. ( March 6)
BREAKING: 21 people on Grand Princess cruise ship docked off the California coast tested positive for coronavirus, including 19 crew members and two passengers, Vice Pres. Mike Pence says. 24 people tested negative.
The Grand Princess cruise ship is 50 miles off San Francisco with all 35,500 passengers possibly having been exposed to the virus.

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