A Japanese cruise ship “Diamond Princess” carrying 3,500 passengers and crew was quarantined at the port of Yokohama on Monday. The cruise ship was quarantined after an 80 years old passenger who disembarked in Hongkong was tested positive for Coronavirus. The cruise ship has arrived at Yokohama port a day before its scheduled time. All the passengers and crew are to be tested for Coronavirus before they can be allowed to disembark, says Japanese authorities. It is noteworthy that the ship was quarantined three days ago on Saturday at the Port of Naha, Japan. The second quarantine was planned after a passenger disembarking at Hongkong was tested positive for Coronavirus.
Japan has been very strict and protective of the spread of the deadly virus. It has barred foreign nationals who hold a passport issued in Hubei, the epicenter of the deadly virus. The country has also banned foreign nationals who have been to Hubei in the recent past. To be extra careful, Japan has also denied entry to foreigners who have shown symptoms of Coronavirus. Japanese government’s spokesperson Yoshihide Suga has said that to date Japan has denied entry to eight foreign nationals as a precautionary measure. As per the health ministry, so far, 20 people have been tested positive in Japan out of which 4 didn’t show any symptom of infection.
The passengers aboard Diamond Princess have been asked to wait in their cabins or rooms, where the Japanese health professionals will come to conduct the necessary tests.