New Delhi: Indian nationals who have quarantined among the 3,711 people on board the Japanese cruise liner ‘Diamond Princess’ will be tested for the COVID-19 or novel coronavirus infection by Japanese authorities once de-boarded from the ship, the Indian Embassy stated on Saturday. Also Read - Coronavirus: PM Narendra Modi Praises Suresh Raina For Donation to COVID-19 Relief Funds in Quirky Fashion | POST
The announcement came after the last batch of passengers undergoing medical examination showed no signs of the viral disease and were safely disembarked after the end of the quarantine period. Still, as many as 1,000 passengers remain on-board the Japanese ship including a total of 138 Indians – 132 crew and 6 passengers. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath Directs For Quarantine of 1 Lakh People Who Have Entered UP in Past 3 Days
“All Indian nationals, amongst others, onboard #DiamondPrincess will be tested for #COVID19 by Japanese authorities, after all passengers disembarked yesterday. @IndianEmbTokyo sincerely hopes that none will show any sign of #COVID19, enabling further facilitation,” Indian Embassy in Japan tweeted from its official handle. Also Read - Coronavirus in Telangana: State Reports First COVID-19 Death; No 'Red Zone' Declared in Hyderabad
Notably, eight Indians have been tested positive on the ship among at least 634 people, that has the largest toll of coronavirus infection after China. Two people have also died of the deadly infection. The embassy had noted that the Indian patients are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Japan and their condition is improving.
Many passengers who had tested negative with the disease on Wednesday de-boarded the ship after the end of a two-week quarantine period that failed to stop the spread of the virus among passengers and crew members.
The death toll in China’s novel coronavirus climbed to 2,345 with 109 more deaths reported, while the confirmed cases rose to 76,288, Chinese health officials said on Saturday.
A team of WHO experts, which is currently in the country to investigate the COVID-19 outbreak, is expected to visit the worst-affected Wuhan city later in the day.