UK-flagged Diamond Princess quarantined following positive test for nCoV

Japan has quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess (IMO 9228198), which was bound for Yokohama, after a Hong Kong man who sailed on it last month tested positive for coronavirus.

The 80-year-old man flew to Japan and boarded the ship in Yokohama on January 20th and disembarked on January 25th according to the NHK public broadcaster.

He developed a cough a day before embarking but did not develop a fever until January 30th and was confirmed to have coronavirus on February 1st, NHK reported.

Princess Cruises said that the review of the arriving guests and crew was standard procedure after a guest tested positive.

Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters on Monday February 3rd that Japanese authorities would quarantine the vessel.

The company confirmed that the turnaround of the ship had been delayed by about 24 hours to allow Japan’s public health authorities to review the health status of all guests and crew on board.

There were 2,666  guests and 1,045 crew on board at the time.

2004-built, UK-flagged, 115,906 gt Diamond Princess is owned by Fairline Shipping International Corp care of manager Princess Cruise Lines of Valencia, California. It is entered with UK Club and Steamship Mutual.