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No Indian on ship quarantined off Japan tested positive for coronavirus: Jaishankar

A close-up of an aerial view shows cruise ship Diamond Princess, some of whose passengers tested positive for coronavirus, in port Yokohama, Japan (Photo: Reuters)Premium
A close-up of an aerial view shows cruise ship Diamond Princess, some of whose passengers tested positive for coronavirus, in port Yokohama, Japan (Photo: Reuters)

  • As many as 61 of some 3,700 people onboard the vessel have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus
  • The luxury cruise liner has been under quarantine since Monday and will remain so for 10 more days

New Delhi: Several Indians are onboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined off the Japanese coast, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Friday, adding that none of them have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus.

"Many Indian crew and some Indian passengers are onboard the cruise ship #DiamondPrincess quarantined off Japan due to #Coronavirus. None have tested positive, as per the latest information provided by our Embassy," Jaishankar tweeted, adding that the government is closely following the developments.

As many as 61 of some 3,700 people onboard the vessel have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, the NHK World reported earlier today. These include 21 Japanese, eight Americans, five Australians, and five Canadians.

The luxury cruise liner has been under quarantine since Monday and will remain so for 10 more days.

The death toll in China's novel coronavirus outbreak has gone up to 637 with 73 new mortalities reported, mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province. The total number of confirmed cases has crossed 31,000 in China.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.

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