CORONAVIRUS ON "DIAMOND PRINCESS" | First passengers leave ship after quarantine

CORONAVIRUS on the cruise ship "DIAMOND PRINCESS". After quarantine is over the first passengers exit the ship. Up to 500 passengers were permitted to leave the cruise ship.

First passengers leave ship after quarantine.
First passengers leave ship after quarantine (DIAMOND PRINCESS). 

⬜ After a two-week quarantine due to the coronavirus, the first passengers left the cruise ship "Diamond Princess" in Japan on Wednesday.

The release of the approximately 3000 people on the ship will take at least three days, the government in Tokyo announced. As a first group, about 500 mainly elderly passengers, who tested negative for the pathogen and were finally interviewed by doctors on board, will leave the ship.

They will be taken to downtown Yokohama or to other train stations in the area of Tokyo's neighbouring metropolis, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.

Anyone who has tested negative for the virus but has had close contact with individuals who later tested positive must remain on board the vessel for observation until further notice. The shipping company will decide when its crew members not affected by the pathogen will leave the ship, it states. On Wednesday, buses started waiting in front of the ship.

The number of passengers and crew members tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 had risen to 542 by the previous day. All those affected were taken to local hospitals. In the meantime, all persons on board had been tested, it was said.

Initially, about 3700 people had been on board the "Diamond Princess", including ten German nationals. A German couple later tested positive for the pathogen.

The reason for the two-week quarantine was an 80-year-old man from Hong Kong who had tested positive for the corona virus. He had boarded in Yokohama on 20 January and disembarked from the cruise ship in Hong Kong five days later.

"Westerdam" passengers tested negative for corona

According to the shipping company, no further infections with the novel coronavirus have been detected among the passengers of the cruise ship "Westerdam" still remaining in Cambodia.

The 781 passengers tested negative, Holland America Line announced on Wednesday on Twitter, citing the Southeast Asian country's Ministry of Health.

Blood reserves in China are becoming scarce

According to the state media, a deficit of blood stocks could be imminent in several Chinese cities. Many potential donors are staying at home because of travel restrictions.

According to a report in the newspaper "China Daily", the city of Shiyan has called on members of the Communist Party, government employees, soldiers, hospital staff and students to set a good example by donating blood.

Russia imposes entry ban on Chinese

Russia will not allow any Chinese citizens to enter the country from Thursday onwards. These measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Russian authorities say. The entry ban will be limited in time.

92 cases of human-to-human transmission outside China

Outside China, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 92 cases of human-to-human transmission of coronavirus to date.

There is no comparable data on the People's Republic, says WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The WHO has not observed any sustained local transmission except in special cases such as on the cruise ship "Diamond Princess", which is anchored in Japan under quarantine.