Forty-one new cases of coronavirus have been found aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japanese authorities said.
The 41 are in addition to 20 previous cases detected in preceding days.
Princess Cruises said in a statement that it “has been notified by the Japanese Ministry of Health that an additional 41 people from the targeted screening samples onboard Diamond Princess have tested positive for coronavirus.”
Princess said details on the patients’ nationalitist will be forthcoming, and that “we expect that local public health authorities will be disembarking these guests today for transport to local hospitals immediately.
About 3,700 passengers and crew are on the ship, which is quarantined.
Citing Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Kyodo News reported that the patients wound be brought ashore for treatment in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka.
Kyodo News also reported that 21 of the 41 new cases are people of Japanese nationality.
Also citing the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the Japanese network TV Asahi reported that those 61 positive tests for coronavirus came from among 273 passengers and crew tested.
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Word of those results came as this ship entered a fourth day in quarantine at Yokohama.
Princess Cruises officials did tweet earlier that passengers “in inside and non-balcony staterooms are now permitted to get fresh air on a rotating basis, as directed by Public Health authorities” -- a notable improvement, especially for those previously confined to windowless rooms.
The ship, carrying 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members, is expected remain where it is for two weeks. The ship’s passengers began their journey Jan. 20 at Yokohama. Their cruise was to have ended Feb. 4.
While busying themselves with crossword puzzles and in-cabin movies passengers daydreamed of humidifiers and other comforts. One Diamond Princess passenger tweeted a photo of masks, one per passenger, distributed to cabins.
Japan’s Kyodo News reported that test results for about 170 Diamond Princess passengers and crew remain pending; that passengers have been asked to stay 2 meters apart while eating; and that Japan’s Defense Ministry has authorized up to 80 Self-Defense Forces troops to help the passengers and crew get through the quarantine. Princess Cruises did not immediately respond to an update request.
The 20 people from the ship who have tested positive for coronavirus have been brought ashore for medical treatment. They include seven passengers from Japan, three from Hong Kong, three from the U.S., two from Australia, two from Canada, one from New Zealand, one from Taiwan and one crew member from the Philippines.
About half the Diamond Princess’s passengers are from Japan and the rest from a variety of countries, Princess said. There are 428 Americans aboard, said CNN, quoting the U.S. Embassy.
“We just don’t feel like we’re safe,” U.S. passenger Milena Basso said in a video aired on CNN. “Donald Trump, save us!”
Meanwhile, contagion-related dramas continued to play out on other cruise ships, as well.
The World Dream cruise ship, operated by Dream Cruises, remained docked in Hong Kong Thursday. The South China Morning Post reported its roughly 1,800 passengers and 1,800 crew remained confined to the ship, which was turned away from Taiwan after the revelation that it had carried at least eight infected passenger between Hong Kong and Vietnam in late January.
Hong Kong authorities said Wednesday that 33 crew members had reported symptoms of respiratory tract infections, of whom 32 tested negative for coronavirus with one result still pending.
The Westerdam, a Holland America ship that called at Hong Kong Feb. 1 and was scheduled to call at Yokohama Feb. 15, has been denied permission to dock anywhere in Japan, the Miami Herald and Kyodo News reported.
4 hr 30 min ago 11 Americans among those infected on cruise ship in Japan
From CNN’s Mick Krever in Tokyo
Medical personnel prepare to transfer passengers suspected of being infected with the coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princes cruise ship, docked at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday. Credit: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images
Eleven Americans from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, currently docked and quarantined near Tokyo, have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, a Princess Cruises spokesperson told CNN Friday.
The number of infected Americans rose from three to 11 on Friday, when 41 new cases were announced.
A total of 61 people from the Diamond Princess have so far tested positive for the virus, which has sickened more than 31,000 people around the world.
The Japanese government said Friday that those who test positive would be moved to local hospitals, but the Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary would not comment on the severity of the cases.
Confirmed cases on board the Diamond Princess: Guests