Japan announced Thursday that it has confirmed 44 more infections on board the quarantine cruise in its waters and has decided to authorize the landing of certain people over 80 years of age and patients who are negative to end the isolation on land.
There are already 218 cases detected in the Princess Diamond cruise ship, whose around 3,700 passengers (between passengers and crew) were quarantined on February 3 in waters in front of the port of the city of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, after meeting that a passenger who landed in Hong Kong was a carrier of the virus.
In his daily press conference to give an account of the results on board, the Minister of Health of Japan, Katsunobu Kato, explained that these positives are included in the tests made to 221 people.
Taking into account about thirty cases detected on land, Japan has already confirmed 247 cases of coronavirus under its jurisdiction, the largest number outside of China, where the infected are around 60,000, of which 1,310 have died.
The Ministry of Health also announced its decision to authorize the landing of those over 80 years of age with underlying health problems whose rooms do not have a window (or do not open) and chronically ill people in general who test negative for the virus and agree to terminate the quarantine period in facilities designated by the Government.
Of the 2,666 passengers who were aboard the ship when the quarantine began (those who tested positive were already transferred to hospital centers), 226 are over 80 years old.
The possibility that the Japanese Government allowed the landing of elderly passengers had been considered for several days, after medical experts pointed out that the stress generated by remaining so long locked in the ship could aggravate the health of many of them.