Another 41 people onboard a cruise liner off Japan's coast have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, Japan's health minister said on Thursday (Feb 6).
The new cases raise the number of confirmed infections on the Diamond Princess to at least 61, said Katsunobu Kato.
Japanese authorities have tested 273 people on board the ship, which was quarantined after a former passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong last month, tested positive for the virus.
"The results of the remaining 171 tests came out and 41 tested positive," Kato told reporters.
"Today they will be sent to hospitals in several prefectures, and we are now preparing for that.
"In total, out of 273 specimens, 61 tested positive," he added.
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