- Japan proclaims 88 further COVID-19 cases on Diamond Princess ship, for a complete of 542.
- Global Affairs Canada says of 256 Canadians on board ship, 32 have examined optimistic for coronavirus.
- China’s well being fee says there are 72,436 confirmed cases on mainland, with 1,868 deaths.
- Liu Zhiming, director of a hospital in Wuhan, dies after contracting coronavirus.
- Public well being officers say threat in Canada low.
Japanese well being authorities mentioned Tuesday they’ve confirmed 88 extra cases of the brand new virus on a quarantined cruise ship close to Tokyo.
The new cases deliver the entire on the Diamond Princess to 542.
Global Affairs Canada has mentioned there have been 256 Canadians on board the ship. Of these, 32 have examined optimistic for COVID-19, which is attributable to the brand new coronavirus.
Canadians and everlasting residents who’re wholesome might be eligible to board a constitution flight, which is now anticipated to depart Japan on Thursday.
As with earlier constitution flights bringing folks to Canada from the outbreak’s epicentre in Wuhan, China, the flight will arrive at CFB Trenton. From there, passengers might be taken to the NAV Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ont., for a 14-day quarantine.
Global Affairs mentioned it might proceed to supply assist for Canadians who keep in Japan after the aircraft leaves.
‘I’m going to be alone, and I’m scared’ Canadian Greg Yerex tells me. He examined optimistic for coronavirus aboard Diamond Cruise ship right this moment, forcing him right into a Japanese hospital whereas his uninfected spouse goes house to Ontario <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBC?src=hash&ref_src=twsrcpercent5Etfw”>#CBC</a> <a href=”https://t.co/g48NX9H0xo”>pic.twitter.com/g48NX9H0xo</a>
On Monday, greater than 300 American passengers, together with 14 who examined optimistic for coronavirus, landed again within the U.S. after they had been flown out of Japan on constitution flights. They had been quarantined at navy bases in California and Texas.
The Japanese authorities has repeatedly defended the effectiveness of the quarantine and bristled in opposition to criticism that the ship grew to become a virus incubator as a substitute of a quarantine facility.
Westerdam passengers returning house
An American girl who had been on the Westerdam cruise ship — which docked in Cambodia after being turned away at different ports — examined optimistic for the virus on the weekend after a particular flight chartered by the cruise line reached Malaysia, prompting renewed scrutiny for the lots of of passengers and crew nonetheless on board or ashore in Cambodia.
The ship’s operator, Holland America Line, mentioned in a press release Monday that Cambodian well being officers had been on the ship testing the 255 company and 747 crew who had been awaiting clearance, and that company at the moment staying at a Phnom Penh lodge had all been examined.
“At this time, no different company or crew on board or on the lodge have reported any signs of the sickness. Guests who’ve already returned house might be contacted by their native well being division and supplied additional data,” it mentioned.
The assertion added that the virus affected person had not reported any sickness to the Westerdam’s medical centre in the course of the cruise. Twenty individuals who reported sickness whereas on board have examined destructive for the virus, it mentioned.
The remainder of the passengers and crew had well being checks that included filling out a written well being questionnaire and having their temperatures checked, which has develop into normal process for air and sea passengers thought-about in danger.
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On Sunday, two Canadians who had been aboard the Westerdam returned house through Vancouver Airport. Stephen Hansen and his spouse mentioned over the weekend they had been requested on the airport to put on masks, however weren’t advised to isolate themselves.
“We had been requested a couple of questions and stuffed out an immigration kind, they usually very properly helped us bypass the same old lineups and allow us to out the door,” Hansen mentioned. A spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada mentioned over the weekend that Westerdam passengers will bear additional screening. They’ll even be requested to let public well being authorities know the place they are going to be to allow them to observe up.
Hospital director dies in hard-hit Wuhan
China, in the meantime, reported 1,886 new cases and 98 extra deaths on Tuesday. That raised the variety of deaths in mainland China to 1,868 and the entire variety of confirmed cases to 72,436, in response to China’s National Health Commission.
The outbreak has brought about large disruptions and China might postpone its largest political assembly of the 12 months to keep away from having folks journey to Beijing whereas the virus remains to be spreading. One of the automotive trade’s largest occasions, China’s biannual auto present, is also being postponed, and lots of sports activities and leisure occasions have been delayed or cancelled.
Despite strict guidelines on use of masks and security fits, medical employees have been distinguished among the many victims, significantly within the early stage of the outbreak.
Wuhan’s well being bureau introduced Tuesday that Liu Zhiming, a hospital director, grew to become contaminated and died regardless of “all-out” makes an attempt to avoid wasting him.
He is not less than the seventh well being employee to die of the COVID-19 illness among the many greater than 1,700 medical doctors and nurses who’ve develop into sick. His dying comes as authorities are cautiously cheering a discount within the variety of new every day cases and deaths, together with the outcomes of a research displaying most individuals who contracted the virus skilled solely gentle signs.