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2 people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have died from the coronavirus

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 20 Feb 2020


Two passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess during the coronavirus quarantine have died from the disease, a Japanese health ministry official said Thursday.The passengersan 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old womanwere both Japanese nationals.They were taken to local hospitals on February 11 and 12, respectively, the Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. Both had underlying health issues.The cruise ship, which is docked in Yokohama, Japan, was subject to a two-week quarantine imposed the Japanese government, which drew criticism from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after more than 600 people were infected with the coronavirus.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Two passengers who were quarantined on the cruise ship docked in Japan have died from the coronavirus, a Japanese health ministry official said on Thursday local time.They are the first reported deaths that have resulted from the Diamond Princess cruise ship outbreak.The passengersa 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old womanwere both Japanese nationals, The New York Times reported, citing the Japanese broadcaster NHK. The two passengers were taken to local hospitals on February 11 and 12, and had underlying health issues.Hundreds of passengers were trapped on the ship after Japanese authorities imposed a two-week quarantine. During the quarantine there was an uptick of cases on the ship, with more than 620 people testing positive for the coronavirus, known formally as CO VID-19, SkyNews reported.The deaths came amid initial groups of passengers disembarking from the ship this week. Nearly 400 Americans were evacuated from the ship and flown back to the US at the end of last week.The novel coronavirus outbreak, which began late last year, originated in the city of Wuhan in the Chinese province of Hubei. The coronavirus death toll has surpassed 2,100, with over 75,000 people infected across more then two dozen countries.Read more:A Japanese disease expert who inspected the Diamond Princess said he was 'so scared' of catching the coronavirus because hygiene on the cruise ship was so badThe cruise industry has been rocked by the coronavirus. Here's you how can find out if your ship has been impacted.14 Americans who got the coronavirus from the quarantined cruise ship in Japan were flown home in an 'isolation box' at the back of the planeValentine's Day on the coronavirus-struck Diamond Princess cruise ship involved gifts of iPhones, chocolate, and roseswith masked dancing below deckSEE ALSO:'An introvert's dream': Here's what it's like for passengers on board the quarantined coronavirus cruiseJoin the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: What's inside these 8 unique creatures
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