The issue surrounding the deadly coronavirus crisis deepened as about 130 people on board a stranded cruise ship in Japan are believed to have been infected by the virus.
The ship, the Diamond Princess has more than 2,500 passengers who have been confined to their cabins. According to reports, many are likely to face further tests.
Health authorities have been delivering medicine requested by passengers with the ship expected to remain in quarantine in Yokohama until February 19.
READ: Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 811
According to the Japanese health minister, Katsunobu Kato, the government was considering testing everyone on board, which means they will remain on the ship until results are available, which can take several days.
Last week, Japan had screened all 3,711 passengers and crew. After the screening, an 80-year-old passenger who left the ship in January was confirmed to have the virus.
READ: Coronavirus: Hong Kong Begins Two-week Mandatory Quarantine for Those Coming from Mainland China
About 300 people were selected for further tests because they showed symptoms or had contact with known patients, with 61 initial test coming out positive.
. Coronavirus: 130 Infected Overnight on Yokohama’s Quarantined Cruise Ship Follow iDONSABI.