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Japan reports 150 coronavirus cases

South Korea says 27 infected by Chinese-originated virus, with 809 others under examination

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 10.02.2020
Japan reports 150 coronavirus cases


Japan on Monday revealed that there were 150 coronavirus patients in the country, local media reported.

Those in Japan who tested positive for the novel coronavirus -- which originated in the city of Wuhan in China last December -- include passengers aboard a cruise quarantined ship, according to the Tokyo-based Kyodo news agency.

Japanese officials said a total of 130 people who were aboard the Diamond Princess tested positive for the virus, which has claimed over 900 lives in China so far.

Around 3,700 passengers and crew from 56 countries and regions are aboard the vessel currently quarantined at dock in Kanagawa province, south of Tokyo.

The virus-affected people include 21 Japanese, eight Americans, five Australians, five Canadians and one each from Argentina and the U.K.

The ship, along with its passengers, was halted at the dock after a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong was found to be infected with the coronavirus.

The ship returned last week to the port city of Yokohama after visiting Kagoshima, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and Okinawa. It had left the same port on Jan. 20.

Meanwhile, authorities in South Korea today said the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country was 27.

However, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said that it has quarantined 809 people for the novel virus.

The virus is said to have been transmitted to humans from animals, particularly bats, and has spread to more than 20 other countries, including the U.S., U.K., Singapore, France, Russia, Spain and India.

Many countries have evacuated their citizens from the Wuhan and other affected areas of China, placing them in isolated medical care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak an international emergency.

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