Coronavirus Diagnosis Traps 3.7K on Cruise Ship

Hong Kong resident spent 5 days on Diamond Princess, which has quarantined all aboard
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2020 9:45 AM CST
3.7K Boarded a Cruise Ship. Now They Can't Leave
The cruise ship Diamond Princess is seen anchored off of Yokohama Port upon arrival in Yokohama, Japan, near Tokyo, on Tuesday.   (Kyodo News via AP)

Coronavirus has found its way to a cruise ship. Princess Cruises says a passenger from Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus at a local hospital, where he's in stable condition, after departing the Diamond Princess when it docked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25, per USA Today. Hong Kong says the 80-year-old man visited mainland China for "a few hours" on Jan. 10, a week before he flew into Tokyo, Japan. He developed a cough on Jan. 19 and boarded the cruise ship in Yokohama the next day, per CNN. He departed Jan. 25 but reportedly didn't seek medical attention until Thursday. The cruise line notes "he did not visit the ship's medical center … and the family members traveling with him remain symptom-free."

But CNN notes several other passengers have reported feeling ill. The two-week cruise was cut short when the Diamond Princess returned to Japan on Monday. It's now docked off the coast of Yokohama as medical officials perform health checks on 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members who will be quarantined until Tuesday night at the earliest. Japanese health officials are also attempting to track down passengers who may have disembarked in other cities, per CNN. Before news of the case, cruise lines including Carnival and Royal Caribbean had already begun barring passengers who'd visited China in the last two weeks, in an effort to prevent a virus outbreak, per CBS News. (Read more coronavirus stories.)

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