Third Indian crew on Japanese ship tests positive for nCov

Third Indian crew on Japanese ship tests positive for nCov

Agency News

A third Indian crew on board a cruise ship off the Japanese coast has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Indian Embassy in Japan said on Friday.

With this, the total number of people infected with the deadly virus on the quarantined ship has risen to 218. The biggest cluster of cases outside China is on the cruise ship Diamond Princess with 3,711 people on board quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama.

The cruise ship was quarantined after a passenger who de-boarded last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the COVID-19 on the ship. The ship's operator, Carnival Corp, is among foreign companies taking a hit from the outbreak, with many flights suspended and businesses disrupted.

The ship is currently harboured at Yokohama on Wednesday. In the ship, altogether 174 people have tested positive, including two Indian crew members as stated by the Indian embassy.

Indian embassy is also in touch with Japanese authorities on “the possibility of their disembarkation”. “Due to the suspicion of novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection, the ship has been quarantined by the Japanese authorities till February 19, 2020,” the embassy said in a statement.

There are 138 Indians — 132 crew members and six passengers — among the 3,711 people on board.