Romania’s foreign ministry says 17 nationals are among thousands of passengers quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan amid an outbreak of coronavirus on the liner.
In a statement, the ministry said Thursday that 15 are crew members and two are passengers on the quarantined cruise liner.
Reuters reported that ten more people on the ship in a Japanese port have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of infected passengers to 20 with test results on more than 170 still pending.
About 3,700 people are facing at least two weeks quarantine on the Diamond Princess ship in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, after 10 people were initially confirmed with the virus and moved to medical facilities.
The ministry said that Romania’s consulate in Hong Kong had asked local authorities about the presence of Romanians on an another cruise ship anchored in Hong Kong.
Carnival’s Diamond Princess was caught up in the global coronavirus epidemic after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man tested positive for the virus after disembarking late last month. The ship arrived in Yokohama on Monday after a 14-day round trip.
The ministry said that Romania’s embassy in Tokyo was seeking more information and was prepared to offer consular help if needed.
The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in mainland China has risen to 563, with the majority in central Hubei province, where the illness was first detected, Deutsche Welle reported. – Hong Kong and the Philippines have both reported one death.
The new virus has infected more than 28,200 people globally.