Coronavirus Covid-19: fifth passenger on Diamond Princess dies

28 February 2020 (Last Updated February 28th, 2020 13:10)

Another passenger, who was on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, has died, bringing the total number of deaths on the cruise ship to five.

Coronavirus Covid-19: fifth passenger on Diamond Princess dies
Operated by Princess Cruises, Diamond Princess was carrying 1,045 crew members and 2,666 passengers. Credit: Alpsdake.

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Another passenger, who was on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, has died, bringing the total number of deaths on the cruise ship to five.

The passenger was a Japanese woman in her 70s. Previously, four passengers died on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. All four casualties were patients in their 80s.

The woman was reported to have hypertension and diabetes and was confirmed to have the coronavirus on 6 February.

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirmed that the Covid-19 cases on the Diamond Princess have increased to 705.

The US, UK, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, the Philippines and India have evacuated their citizens, crew and passengers from the cruise ship.

The epidemic has so far killed over 2,850 and infected more than 83,500 people around the world.

Japan has reported 226 cases with five deaths, excluding cases on the ship.