Another 41 people on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus – bringing the total to 61.
Some 3,700 people are on board the Diamond Princess, which is quarantined in Yokohama for at least two weeks.
The checks began after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been on the ship last month fell ill with the virus. He boarded the cruise ship in Yokohama on 20 January and disembarked in Hong Kong on 25 January.
A separate cruise ship – the World Dream – has been quarantined in Hong Kong after eight former passengers caught the virus. It has around 3,600 people on board, but none have tested positive so far.
The new cases on the Diamond Princess bring Japan’s number of confirmed cases to 86, the second highest figure after China.
“The results of the remaining 171 tests came out and 41 tested positive,” Japan’s Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said.
“Today they will be sent to hospitals in several prefectures, and we are now preparing for that.”
With the quarantine due to last until 19 February, there has also been concern over supplies of normal medicine to the ship.
One passenger has been waving a Japanese flag with the message “shortage of medicine”.
A Japanese TV crew on the shore responded with a banner asking: “What medicine?”
Twenty passengers diagnosed earlier have already been taken to hospitals.
The 61 confirmed patients are from:
Japan: 28 people
Australia, Canada: 7
UK, New Zealand, Taiwan, Philippines, Argentina: 1