Passengers Begin to Leave Virus-Hit Cruise Ship in Japan
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Yokohama, Feb. 19 (Jiji Press)--Passengers started on Wednesday to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined for the new coronavirus at the port of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, eastern Japan, since early this month.
Those who do not have symptoms, such as fever, and have tested negative for the virus are allowed to disembark. As of Monday, a total of some 3,180 passengers and crew members were on the ship. It is expected to take until Friday for all passengers to leave the ship, while it is still unknown when crew members will be allowed to disembark.
On Wednesday, 443 people, including elderly Japanese, got off the ship between around 11 a.m. (2 a.m. GMT) and shortly past 4 p.m. Buses chartered by the company operating the cruise ship carried them to nearby railway stations and elsewhere.
They were allowed to return to their homes using public transportation means. The health ministry asked them to continue to watch their health, but no restrictions on daily life are being imposed.
For passengers who stayed in the same cabins as infected people, the ministry will determine dates of disembarkation on a case-by-case basis.
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