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LIVE from Yokohama as group of Diamond Princess Cruise passengers expected to disembark

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Ruptly is live from outside the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama on Friday, February 14, as a select group of passengers are expected to disembark.

According to the cruise ship administration, Japanese health officials will carry out the voluntary disembarkation. The most medically vulnerable guests will go first, including older passengers with preexisting health conditions. Members of this group will be tested for the coronavirus and in case of positive results will be transported to a local hospital for further examination. If proven negative, they will be given the option of leaving the ship and being transported to a quarantine housing facility.

The vessel was quarantined when it arrived in Yokohama early last week after it emerged that some passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong last month tested positive for the flu-like respiratory illness.

According to the latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 1,100 lives and infected more than 60,000 worldwide.

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