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CORONAVIRUS: More than 5,000 cruise ships’ passengers quarantined in Asian waters

A TV crew film a cruise ship Diamond Princess anchoring off the Yokohama Port Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Japanese health officials are conducting extensive medical checks on all 3,700 passengers and crew of the cruise ship that returned to the country after one passenger tested positive for the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Over 5,000 passengers and crew on two cruise ships in Asian waters had to be quarantined on Wednesday following the reports stating that the death toll from an outbreak of a fast-spreading coronavirus reached 490 people all over the world on Wednesday.

According to the latest information on Wednesday, at least 10 people aboard a cruise ship, Princess Cruises, anchored off Japan shore have tested positive for the virus. The news comes as infections outside of China continue to increase.

Confirming a number of death cases China’s National Health Commission said another 65 people had died as of Tuesday, a new daily record taking the toll on the mainland to 490. Most of the victims are from the locked-down central city of Wuhan and surrounding areas, where the virus emerged late last year.

It has been confirmed that two people had lost their lives outside mainland China, both following visits to Wuhan. A man in the Philippines died last week, and a 39-year-old man with underlying illness died in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

The virus had affected air travel with more than two dozen airlines suspending or restricting flights to China and several countries banning the entry of anyone who has been in China over the previous two weeks.


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