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Five Canadians quarantined aboard ship due to positive test for Coronavirus

A small boat navigates near 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)

February 7, 2020

Five more Canadians on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, making the total quarantined on board the vessel to seven.

The Canadians were among 41 positive tests for the virus identified in the latest round of tests conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Health, according to a statement from Princess Cruises, the operator of the Diamond Princess.

“This is the last batch to be tested and the quarantine end date will be Feb. 19, unless there are any other unforeseen developments,” said a statement from the cruise line.

The cruise line said the nationalities of the new cases, in addition to the Canadians, were one from Argentina, five from Australia, 21 from Japan, one from the United Kingdom, and eight from the United States.

Another 20 passengers were previously identified as being infected with the virus. Two of those previous cases were Canadians.

Princess Cruises said local public health authorities will immediately disembark those guests for transport to local hospitals. It said staff are doing there best to make the quarantined passenger comfortable

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