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Coronavirus: Quarantine of Japanese Cruise Ship Extended, Hungarians also Aboard

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.17.

Japan has decided to extend by two weeks the quarantine of the crew of a cruise ship stranded off the country’s coast because of a coronavirus outbreak, Hungary’s foreign minister has said.

The Hungarian citizens aboard the Diamond Princess are still symptom-free but because they are members of the crew, they, too will have to stay on the ship for another two weeks after the last passenger leaves the vessel next week, Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook.

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The foreign ministry will remain in contact with them and provide them any assistance they may need, Szijjártó added.

The last passenger of the Diamond Princess will be let off the ship next week. Health officials began evacuating elderly people from the ship on Thursday so that they could be transported to hospital.

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The Diamond Princess had 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members on board from 56 countries.

In the featured photo: Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined at Japan’s coast. Photo by MTI/AP/Jae C. Hong