2 more Indians aboard ‘Diamond Princess’ test positive for coronavirus, total 14 infected

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Tokyo: Two more Indian crew members on board a cruise ship moored off the Japan coast have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of infected Indians on the vessel to 14, the Indian embassy here said Monday.

The mission also expressed hope that the last groups of results expected to be announced Tuesday and Wednesday will not have any more Indian nationals included in it.

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and six passengers, were among the 3,711 people, on board the cruise liner ‘Diamond Princess’ when it docked at the Yokohama port, near Tokyo, February 3.

It was quarantined after a passenger who disembarked last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the disease.

“PCR test results announced today, from the samples collected earlier, included 02 Indian crew members, onboard #DiamondPrincess, testing positive for #COVID?19. Total number of Indian crew members tested positive so far is 14 – responding well to treatment,” the embassy tweeted Monday.

The Indian Embassy ‘hopes that the last groups of results expected to be announced tomorrow (Tuesday) and day-after will not have any more Indian nationals included in it, enabling the Embassy to further facilitate Indian nationals onboard’ the ship, it added.

The mission had said earlier Sunday that 12 Indians, who earlier tested positive for the COVID-19, are responding well to treatment.

The ship has the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases outside China. Two former passengers of the ship have also died.

PTI

 

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