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Third Indian on ship tests positive

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were on board the ship

By PTI in Tokyo

  • Published 15.02.20, 1:37 AM
  • Updated 15.02.20, 1:37 AM
Workers load supplies onto the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship on Thursday, in Yokohama, near Tokyo
Workers load supplies onto the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship on Thursday, in Yokohama, near Tokyo (AP photo)

A third Indian crew member on board a cruise ship off the Japanese coast has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Indian embassy in Japan said on Friday as authorities confirmed that 218 people had been infected with the virus on the quarantined ship.

The Diamond Princess with 3,711 people on board arrived at the Japanese coast early last week and was quarantined after a passenger who disembarked last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the COVID-19 virus.

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were on board the ship.

The embassy in Tokyo in a statement said three Indian crew members are among 218 people tested positive for the virus. “All 218 people, including Indian nationals have been taken to hospitals for further treatment and quarantine. As per information available with the embassy, no other Indian national on-board Diamond Princess Cruise ship has developed any symptoms of infection,” the statement said.

The embassy has contacted all three Indian nationals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently receiving treatment at medical facilities.

“Their health conditions have been confirmed to be stable and improving. Embassy is also in constant contact with the relevant Japanese authorities to ensure the well-being of all Indian nationals on-board the ship,” it said. 

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