251 Canadians aboard cruise ship quarantined near Japan due to coronavirus

Feb 5 2020, 8:03 am

Over two hundred Canadians are on a cruise ship that is currently quarantined near Japan after 10 guests tested positive for coronavirus.

According to Princess Cruises, 251 Canadians are onboard the Diamond Princess, but they are not among those who have tested positive.

The Japanese Ministry of Health performed the tests, and the cruise ship was notified that amongst the samples that have been screened, 10 people have tested positive for the virus.

“This includes two Australian guests, three Japanese guests, three guests from Hong Kong, and one guest from the US in addition to one Filipino crewmember,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.

“It has been confirmed that the ship will remain under quarantine in Yokohama. The length of the quarantine will be at least 14 days as required by the Ministry of Health.”

Princess Cruises said the ship plans to go out to sea “to perform normal marine operations including, but not limited to, the production of fresh water and ballast operations before proceeding alongside in Yokohama where food, provisions, and other supplies will be brought onboard.”

Complimentary internet and telephone use has been provided to guests to contact family and friends.

Princess Cruises added that it will be cancelling the next two Diamond Princess cruises departing Yokohama on February 4 and February 12.

There are 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew currently onboard covering a range of nationalities, and Princess Cruises confirmed that approximately half the guests onboard are from Japan.

Daily Hive has reached out to Global Affairs Canada for comment and will update accordingly.