Another Canadian Is Among The New 66 Coronavirus Cases Aboard The Quarantined Cruise Ship
The passenger will be taken to a Japanese hospital for treatment.
Another Canadian has contracted the novel coronavirus aboard a quarantined cruise ship in Japan. According to the Canadian Press via CTV News, Princess Cruises announced in a news release on Monday that another Canadian citizen is amongst its 66 newly confirmed cases of the virus. The case was confirmed aboard its , which was placed on lockdown back in January after one of its passengers showed symptoms of the virus.
The Press also reported that the passenger would be taken to a Japanese hospital to be monitored and receive treatment.
"Our guests and crew onboard Diamond Princess are the focus of our entire global organization right now, and all of our hearts are with each of them," explained Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president in a news release.
"In this unprecedented situation, the Japanese Ministry of Health authorities are working with us collaboratively on additional enhancements, approving new procedures as we adapt our process to the unique challenges of this situation."
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, reported that there are also currently seven cases of the virus confirmed in Canada. Three in Ontario and four in British Columbia.
"The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provinces, territories, and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak in China and the prevention of further spread," an outbreak update from the Government of Canada reads.
"Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory has implemented testing to diagnose 2019-nCoV from clinical specimens. The laboratory is working collaboratively with Canadian provincial public health laboratories to ensure there is additional testing capacity in multiple jurisdictions," it adds.
Despite infecting few Canadians, the virus has taken a toll on some of the country's retailers.
Canada Goose reported over the weekend that its sales figures haddue to the spread of the virus, which so far has 40,171 reported cases in mainland China.
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