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Japanese authorities are checking the health records of the  2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew aboard Diamond Princess

Diamond Princess held in Yokohama on coronavirus precaution

The Diamond Princess turnaround in Yokohama has been delayed approximately 24 hours after a passenger on the prior voyage later tested positive for coronavirus at a shoreside hospital.

The delay is to allow Japan public health authorities time to review the health status of all passengers and crew, Princess Cruises confirmed.

Man who disembarked Jan 25 tested positive on Feb. 1

On the previous voyage, a Hong Kong man embarked in Yokohama on Jan. 20, sailed one segment of the itinerary, and disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25. He went to a Hong Kong hospital six days after leaving the ship, where he tested positive for coronavirus on Feb. 1. 

While on board, he did not visit the ship’s medical center to report any symptoms or illness. The hospital reports he is in stable condition and the family members traveling with him remain symptom-free. 

Review is standard practice

Princess said the review of arriving passengers and crew by Japanese health authorities is standard practice after a person has tested positive for coronavirus. The line added it is working closely with the local authorities to provide detailed records to facilitate their review. 

‘The safety, security and well-being of all guests and crew is our absolute priority,’ the statement added.

Diamond Princess arrived in Yokohama early from a 14-day round-trip cruise that departed from Yokohama on Jan. 20 and was scheduled to return Feb. 4. There are  2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew on board.  

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