Coronavirus Cases in Japan Exceed 400

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Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)--The total number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases confirmed in Japan reached 414 on Sunday, with new cases found in Tokyo, in Aichi Prefecture and on a quarantined cruise ship.

Among those aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at Yokohama, near Tokyo, 70 more people were confirmed infected with the virus originating in China's Wuhan.

The Tokyo metropolitan government reported five new cases, including two who attended a New Year party aboard a "yakatabune" roofed pleasure boat Jan. 18 together with a Tokyo taxi driver whose infection was confirmed Thursday.

Of the remaining three, one is a doctor in his 60s at a hospital in the capital's Ota Ward. He dined with a nurse working at the hospital who took part in the New Year party and was confirmed infected.

The other two are a Tokyo resident in his 30s and a taxi driver in his 60s living in the neighboring prefecture of Saitama.

The Aichi prefectural government said a resident of the prefecture's Owari region in his 60s tested positive Sunday.

He is an acquaintance of an infected woman living in Nagoya, the capital of the central Japan prefecture. She and her husband, both in their 60s, were found infected after returning to Japan on Feb. 7 from their trip to Hawaii.

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