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44 new cases of coronavirus on Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Japan

A further 44 people on a cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo have tested positive for coronavirus, Japan's health ministry has confirmed.
It brings the total number of cases on board the Diamond Princess to 218, after 39 new cases were diagnosed yesterday.
The ship, which has been under quarantine since February 3, is still carrying more than 3,500 passengers and crewmembers.
Japanese soldiers and emergency workers in protective clothing walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and newly diagnosed coronavirus cases taken for treatment. (Getty)
Authorities have expressed concern over the effectiveness of the quarantine, with dozens of new cases diagnosed almost daily.
Local media is reporting elderly passengers and those with chronic health conditions will be allowed to disembark early if they test negative for the virus.

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The Diamond Princess cruise ship approaching Daikoku Pier yesterday, where it was resupplied and newly diagnosed coronavirus cases taken to hospital while it remains in quarantine off the port of Yokohama. (Getty) (Getty)

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More than 80 per cent of passengers on board the cruise ship are over 60, with 11 aged over 90.
Concerns over the virus have rerouted and cancelled other cruises.

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