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More passengers to disembark from coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 20, 2020 12:22

A second group of about 600 Japanese and foreign passengers from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship moored near Tokyo was set to disembark on Thursday (20) after two-weeks of on-board quarantine, as criticism of Japan’s handling of the outbreak mounted.

More than 620 of the passengers on the Diamond Princess liner have been infected on the ship, which has been quarantined since Feb. 3, initially with about 3,700 people on board.

About 500 passengers were set to disembark on Thursday while another 100 people were to leave for chartered flights home, a health ministry official said on Thursday.

In the early morning of Thursday, some Hong Kong passengers went home, while Canadians were due to leave on a charter flight in the early hours of Friday (21), Tokyo time, a Canadian government spokeswoman said. An evacuation flight was also being arranged for British nationals to leave Tokyo on Friday.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 20, 2020 12:22