More than 40 new coronavirus cases confirmed on Diamond Princess

An additional 41 people, including one from the UK on board Diamond Princess quarantined in Japan, have tested positive for coronavirus.

The number was confirmed to Princess Cruises on Thursday by the Japanese Ministry of Health.

This takes the total number of infected people on board up to 61.

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The ship, carrying 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew, has been placed under quarantine in Yokohama for 14 days with two cruises cancelled.

The new cases on the Diamond Princess bring Japan’s number of confirmed with coronavirus up to 86, the second highest figure after China.

A second cruise ship – World Dream, with 3,600 passengers and crew – is quarantined in Hong Kong with three cases on board.

The vessel, operated by Asian line Dream Cruises, is being held at Kai Tak terminal.

Latest figures show that 636 people have been killed by the virus with 31,161 infected in mainland China.

The centre of coronavirus is in the city of Wuhan, and most cases have been in the city and the surrounding province of Hubei.

It has spread overseas with confirmed infections in at least 25 nations, including three in the UK.

A Princes Cruises spokesperson said: “Princess Cruises can confirm a further 41 people have tested positive for coronavirus. They are from Argentina (one); Australia (five); Canada (five), Japan (21); United Kingdom (one) and United States (eight).

“The Japanese Ministry of Health has confirmed this is the last batch to be tested and the quarantine end date will be February 19, unless there are any other unforeseen developments.

“The Japanese government is providing our ship and team members with extra support.

“During the remainder of the time onboard, guests will continue to be provided complimentary internet and telephone services.

“We have added additional live TV channels and a large selection of in-room movies available in multiple languages. Staff are delivering games, puzzles and trivia to guest staterooms.”

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