Thousands people quarantined on a Diamond Princess Cruise ship near Yokohama Port in Japan

Ten passengers on a British-flagged Diamond Princess Cruise ship were tested positive for the coronavirus.

Japanese health officials reviewed 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members on board Diamond Princess for symptoms. They are now quarantined on the ship off the coast of Yokohama Port in Japan, about 17 miles from the Japanese capital of Tokyo, for at least 14 days. Two Australians, three Japanese, three from Hong Kong, one American and one Filipino crewmember are among the infected persons. "These 10 persons … will be taken ashore by Japanese Coast Guard watercraft and transported to local hospitals for care by shoreside Japanese medical professionals," Princess Cruises said in a statement. About half of the passengers on the vessel are from Japan.


An 80-year-old guest from Hong Kong disembarked Jan. 25 ,while the Diamond Princess was docked, to visit a local hospital in Hong Kong, where he was diagnosed with coronavirus. The 14-day cruise which departed Jan. 20 from Yokohama. Food, provisions and other supplies will be brought onboard now. “A lot of people on board are anxious about what happens next,” a passenger wrote on Twitter. The respiratory illness produced by coronavirus has killed 490 people in mainland China and infected more than 23,000.