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DW News 5 Feb 2020

Cruise ship quarantined off Hong Kong amid coronavirus outbreak


A cruise ship carrying people who may be infected by the deadly coronavirus has returned to Hong Kong after being denied entry to Taiwan. Health officials say 30 members of the World Dream crew are showing symptoms. China says the number of people infected by the coronavirus has now topped 24,000. Almost 500 have died. Several cities in China are on lockdown - notably the city where the virus was first detected, Wuhan. Efforts are being made there to test and treat patients. But it seems that not all is going as smoothly as the Chinese government wants its people to believe.

The Grand Princess cruise ship is not yet allowed to dock in San Francisco, with its passengers now asked to stay in their cabins after a military helicopter flew coronavirus test kits to the ship. In Washington state today, an 11th person died from COVD-19 and the number of cases across the U.S. jumped to 220.
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More than 40 new cases of coronavirus have been reported on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan, bringing the total to 61. Trudy Clement, a Canadian aboard the Diamond Princess, says she and her husband are fine so far, but "we don't know what's going to happen."  

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.

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