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10 people test positive for coronavirus amid 3,711 on board Carnival’s Diamond Princess cruise ship

The Diamond Princess cruise ship with around 3,700 people on board sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama after a number of passengers were confirmed to be infected with coronavirus, on Feb. 5, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Ten passengers are now believed to be infected with the coronavirus as Japanese authorities work to screen all people on board. The new cases bring the total number of confirmed infections to 33 in Japan. (Carl Court/Getty Images/TNS)

Ten people aboard a quarantined cruise ship run by Carnival have tested positive for coronavirus, including one American.

One Filipino crew member, two Australian passengers, three Japanese passengers, one passenger from the U.S. and three passengers from Hong Kong have all tested positive aboard the Diamond Princess, which will remain locked down for at least 14 more days in Japan, Princess Cruises said in a statement Tuesday.

Japanese health officials held the Diamond Princess ship at the Yokohama port outside Tokyo on Tuesday to inspect all 3,711 people on board because a man tested positive for the virus on Feb. 1 after disembarking in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong authorities are keeping 3,600 passengers and crew members under quarantine on the cruise ship World Dream, pictured here on Feb. 5, 2020, after three previous travelers were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. (Geovien So/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/TNS)

The Japanese military has taken the people who have the virus to local hospitals, the company said. Around half of the 2,666 passengers on board the ship are from Japan; 416 are from the U.S.

Nearly 2,000 people are also being held on another cruise ship called World Dream at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal after several crew members reported symptoms associated with the coronavirus. The ship is operated by Genting’s Dream Cruises.

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that has killed nearly 500 people worldwide and has infected more than 24,000 people across 25 countries, including the United States, since it was first identified in Wuhan, China, about two months ago, the World Health Organization said Wednesday morning. The majority of those who are infected live in China.

Eleven people have fallen ill with the coronavirus in the United States, with 82 still pending testing, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Monday. None of the confirmed cases are in Florida.

Medical staff prepares to treat passengers while the World Dream cruiser is docked at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong on Feb. 5, 2020. Hong Kong authorities are keeping 3,600 passengers and crew members under quarantine on the cruise ship World Dream after three previous travelers were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and escorted with ambulance. (Miguel Candela/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/TNS)

Princess Cruises, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp., said water and food will be brought on board the ship as the company complies with the minimum two-week quarantine by Japanese health officials.

“Guests will continue to be provided complimentary internet and telephone to use in order to stay in contact with their family and loved ones, and the ship’s crew is working to keep all guests comfortable,” the company said in a statement. The company has canceled the Diamond Princess’ scheduled sailings from Yokohama on Feb. 4 and Feb. 12.


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