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Nearly 35 Crew Members of cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

22nd Apr, 2020. 03:23 pm
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More than 30 crew members aboard cruise ship that docked in the Nagasaki city of Japan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Local authorities of Japan reported that 34 crew members aboard a cruise ship docked Nagasaki have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to the details, Ship named; Costa Atlantica, first arrived in Nagasaki in January to undergo maintenance and repairs, with several hundred crew on board.

Over the weekend, the ship’s operator contacted local authorities and sought assistance to test suspected cases on board.

An initial four tests carried out on the ship revealed a first infection on Monday,

Nagasaki governor said those infected and other crew members remain on the ship, adding that the ship’s operator has told local officials that crew members are self-isolating.

“We hope that they will be able to go home in full health as soon as possible. We are asking the national government for help.”

Officials said more time required to draw up a detailed plan and collect enough trained personnel and more equipment before boarding the ship.

Nagasaki officials said no one on board the ship was believed to in serious condition so far.

Initial reports said 623 crew of various nationalities had been on board. Some believed to have moved around inside Nagasaki city in recent weeks.

Further testing among other crew members expected to carried out.

Overall, Japan has seen a relatively small outbreak compared to parts of Europe or the United States, with around 11,500 infections and 277 deaths recorded so far.

But a recent jump in infections has caused concern, put pressure on local healthcare facilities and prompted the government to declare a month-long state of emergency that will run until May 6.

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