New Delhi: Another Indian crew member has tested positive for the novel coronavirus aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise off Japanese coast, the Indian embassy in Tokyo said on Friday. Yesterday two Indian crew on board the cruise had tested positive for the deadly n-CoV, which has killed more than 1400 people in China. Embassy officials have claimed to be in touch with all the three. Their condition is said to be stable and improving.
The cruise Diamond Princess with 3,711 people on board arrived at the Japanese coast early last week and was quarantined after a passenger who de-boarded last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the novel virus on the ship.
On Wednesday, the Japan health ministry had informed that 39 people tested positive for the coronavirus on the cruise ship, with one quarantine officer also infected, bringing the total to 175.
The Indian Embassy had apprised that a total of 138 Indians, including passengers and crew, were on board the ship. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had yesterday informed that the Indian embassy in Tokyo is extending all possible help and support to those on board the vessel.
“Our Embassy @IndianEmbTokyo is in constant touch with the crew & passengers of DiamondPrincess off Yokohama, Japan, rendering all necessary support & assistance. Passengers and crew are currently quarantined by Japanese authorities,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.