Updated: Coronavirus cases on Japan cruise ship treble to 61

By ZBC Reporter
FOURTY-ONE new cases of the corona virus have been reported on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan and the discovery has led to another luxury liner being turned away.
Two docked cruise ships with thousands of passengers and crew members have remained under 14-day quarantines in Hong Kong and Japan.
Before Friday’s 41 confirmed cases, 20 infected passengers were escorted off the cruise ship at Yokohama near Tokyo. About 3,700 people have been confined aboard the ship.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Thursday that his country will deny entry to foreign passengers on another cruise ship because of suspected virus patients found on board. The operator of the ship has however denied that anyone amongst the passengers had the virus.
Abe said the new immigration policy takes effect Friday to ensure border control to prevent the disease from entering and spreading further into Japan.
According to travel agent Mie Matsubara the turned away ship which is reported to have 2,257 onboard was near Ishigaki, one of Okinawa’s outer islands and was seeking another port.
“Everyone is starting to reject the ship and we are getting desperate,” she said. “We hope we can go somewhere so that passengers can land,” Matsubara said.
At least four other cruise ships, two foreign and two Japanese-operated, are headed to Japan by the end of the month, Transport Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said, urging port authorities around the country to turn them away.
Meanwhile, the death toll in mainland China has risen to 636.

Associated Press