Riverside County resident among coronavirus patients from Diamond Princess cruise ship

29 Février, 2020, 01:33 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan

Four people who were aboard the ship have died from the virus, which has been declared an global public health emergency.

He one of several people who were aboard the ship to die from the flu-like virus - and the first British person so far to succumb to the deadly bug.

A Riverside County resident who was a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship has tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said.

The quarantine began February 3 after the vessel had made stops in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan, as well as Japan's southernmost island prefecture of Okinawa. It was only at the end of the quarantine that the South African government was alerted of the 12 South Africans who were among the crew members on board the ship.

The U.S. State Department in mid-February chartered flights to transport more than 300 U.S. citizens from the ship, which had been docked off Yokohama, Japan, since Feb. 3 after it was quarantined.

A British man has died from coronavirus, Japan's Health Ministry has confirmed.

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In the United Kingdom, 19 people have been diagnosed with the illness but there have been no fatalities.

Taking to Twitter, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said, "Air India flight has just landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians and five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru who were quarantined onboard the #DiamondPrincess due to #COVID19".

She told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme: "The Foreign Office are supporting the family of a British man who has been very poorly and was a passenger onboard the Diamond Princess".

Experts have warned of school closures and the cancellation of major sporting events, concerts and festivals in the United Kingdom in a bid to stop the spread of the virus, which causes Covid-19.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the government's Cobra emergency committee on Monday in response to a growing number of cases in Europe.

Nigeria on Friday announced the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa, AFP reported.

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