JAPAN has announced that there are 65 new coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been under a quarantine since last week.
With the latest cases, a total of 135 people from the ship have been confirmed to have the respiratory virus.
Those newly diagnosed include 45 Japanese and 11 Americans, as well as smaller numbers of people from Australia, Canada, England, the Philippines and Ukraine.
The Diamond Princess is under a 14-day quarantine that’s set to expire on Feb. 19. But health officials say the quarantine period could be extended for any passengers and crew members in close contact with people newly diagnosed with the strain of coronavirus
The virus, identified as 2019-nCoV, has killed more than 1,000 people in China, where more than 42,000 people have been infected since it emerged in the city of Wuhan, in Hubei province.
As officials revealed the new test results, they did not specify how many close contacts those patients might have had on the ship.