Japan to Allow Some Elderly Passengers to Leave Coronavirus-Ridden Cruise Liner

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Finally, good news for some passengers aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise liner held in the port of Yokohama, Japan.

The Japanese government announced on Feb. 13 that it is allowing elderly passengers over 80 years old, who test negative for coronavirus, to disembark and finish their quarantines ashore. Elderly passengers housed in windowless cabins, who test negative for the virus, will also be released beginning on Feb. 14.

The Diamond Princess has about 3,500 passengers and crew on board. Over 200 people have confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 44 new cases reported on Feb. 13 alone.

The ship has been quarantined since Feb. 3. It is managed by Princess Cruise Lines and owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp.

The death toll from coronavirus rose to over 1,365 on Feb. 13. There are over 60,000 reported cases around the world. The CDC confirmed a 15th case of the disease in the U.S. on Thursday.

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