Ten Princess Cruises passengers and crew have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Two Australians, three Japanese, three from Hong Kong, one passenger from the US and a Filipino crewmember on Diamond Princess have the virus, the company has said.
Diamond Princess was quarantined by the Japanese Ministry of Health after a passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong was found to have the virus. The passenger had sailed from Yokohama on 20 January as part of a longer itinerary. He left the vessel five days later.
The 10 who have since been diagnosed have been taken onshore by the Japanese Coast Guard while the ship and everyone on it remains in quarantine at Yokohama. There were originally 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew onboard. About half of the guests are Japanese.
A Princess Cruises spokesperson said: “It has been confirmed that the ship will remain under quarantine in Yokohama. The length of the quarantine will be at least 14 days as required by the Ministry of Health.
“The ship plans to go out to sea to perform normal marine operations including, but not limited to, the production of fresh water and ballast operations before proceeding alongside in Yokohama where food, provisions, and other supplies will be brought onboard.
“Guests will continue to be provided complimentary internet and telephone to use in order to stay in contact with their family and loved ones, and the ship’s crew is working to keep all guests comfortable.”
Two cruises due to depart 4 and 12 February have been cancelled.