A cruise ship in Japan is now under a two-week quarantine after several confirmed coronavirus cases on the vessel. The quarantined Japan cruise ship reportedly has 251 Canadians on board. The passengers and crew members will remain on the ocean liner while they wait out the quarantine to stop the spread of the illness, reports an article by The Canadian Press published by Global News.
In a news release from Princess Cruises, the first phase of screening all passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess ship has been completed by the Japanese Ministry of Health.
Of everyone onboard, 10 people have tested positive for the illness. Those individuals are reportedly from Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, the U.S. and the Philippines.
None of the 251 Canadians on board have tested positive for the virus during the first phase of health screenings.
Those who tested positive were notified and taken off the ship. They were covered head-to-knee in large sheets by gloved and masked Japanese Coast Guard officials to get medical treatment in hospital, according to The Canadian Press.
For 14 days, the vessel will stay in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, because that's how long a quarantine is required by the ministry of health.
According to the CBC, the individuals who tested positive were among 273 who were screened because they had a cough or fever, both of which are symptoms of the virus. They also may have been in close contact with a man carrying the virus who got off the ship in Hong Kong.
Guests stuck on board, including the Canadians, will continue to get complimentary internet and phone service so that they can stay in contact with loved ones.
Princess Cruises said that the "crew is working to keep all guests comfortable."
There are 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members on board, reports The Canadian Press.
Only four cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Canada so far, including three in Ontario and one in B.C. A presumptive case was recently identified in B.C. and is awaiting final confirmation from Winnipeg's National Microbiology Lab.
There are more than 24,000 confirmed cases in mainland China, according to the CBC.
A team at the University of Alberta is working on a mask that can counteract the spread of the virus with the use of a salt coating. The masks could be ready to be brought to market in 12 to 18 months.
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