Another Canadian aboard quarantined cruise ship among latest to test positive for coronavirus

Feb 10 2020, 9:28 am

Another Canadian passenger aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship has tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total tally of Canadians with the virus to six.

According to a recent statement from Princess Cruises, an updated count shows that 66 more people have tested positive for coronavirus and, besides the Canadians, those include four Australians, 45 from Japan, three from the Philippines, one from Ukraine, one from the United Kingdom, and 11 from the United States.

The Japan Ministry of Health has been the lead public health authority defining the testing protocols for all guests and crew on Diamond Princess and set the quarantine end date for February 19.

In their recent statement, Princess Cruises noted that it was not unexpected that additional cases were reported, since it is still in the early quarantine period of 14 days.

Last week, Princess Cruises said 251 Canadians are onboard the Diamond Princess.

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

Princess Cruises said it cancelled a Diamond Princess Cruises departing Yokohama on February 4 and will do the same for another cruise departure on 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.