Coronavirus Covid-19: India to assist citizens on quarantined ship

14 February 2020 (Last Updated February 14th, 2020 12:59)

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has announced that the Indian embassy in Tokyo is offering assistance to those onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined at Yokohama.

Coronavirus Covid-19: India to assist citizens on quarantined ship
Diamond Princess is owned and operated by Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises. Credit: Barrylb.

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Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has announced that the Indian embassy in Tokyo is offering assistance to those onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined at Yokohama.

Two Indians tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus on the ship. On 13 February, the Japanese authorities stated that the total positive cases on the ship had increased to 218.

The cruise ship was carrying 1,045 crew and 2,666 passengers when it docked at Yokohama. The cruise has 138 Indian passengers and crew onboard.

The epidemic has so far killed 1,383 and infected more than 64,000 people. India has reported three confirmed cases with no deaths.

Japan has 248 confirmed cases, which includes the cases on the ship and a quarantine officer. The country has reported one recovered case and one death.