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Two Canadians On Quarantined Cruise Ship Test Positive For Coronavirus

Twenty passengers in total have tested positive for the virus.

Princess Cruises has confirmed that among the 251 Canadians on a quarantined cruise ship off the Japan coast, two have now tested positive for coronavirus. The passengers have been taken off of the ship and moved to a hospital. They are among 10 new cases of the disease found on board.

According to the statement from Princess Cruises, 10 other passengers had previously tested positive for coronavirus on February 4. They included "two Australian guests, three Japanese guests, three guests from Hong Kong, and one guest from the U.S. in addition to one Filipino crewmember."

All those who have been found to be carrying the virus have been removed from the ship.

The ship itself will remain under quarantine in the port city of Yokohama for at least 14 days, as dictated by the Japanese Ministry of Health.

An article by the Associated Press published by Global News says test results are still pending from 171 passengers who might have come into contact with a man who was carrying the coronavirus and left the ship while in Hong Kong.

Princess Cruises confirmed in their statement that there are 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members on the ship. The company has cancelled two cruises that were scheduled to depart from Yokohama.

Passengers aboard the ship are reportedly being provided with complimentary phone and internet service in order to stay in contact with their loved ones. 

Coronavirus cases around the world have now reached 28,284 according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The death toll currently stands at 565.

Within Canadian borders, there have been four confirmed cases of the virus: three in Ontario and one in British Columbia. A second presumptive case from B.C. has been sent to the National Microbiology Lab for testing.

Currently, an Edmonton company is working on a special type of face mask that could actually kill the coronavirus. In cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto, people have been turning to hardware stores for paint masks, as surgical masks were sold out at many stores in the city.

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