Fourth Diamond Princess passenger dead after coronavirus quarantine, reports

2020-02-26 10:47:06

Four passengers that were on board Princess Crusies’ Diamond Princess during a coronavirus quarantine have died, according to Japanese broadcast outlet NHK, Reuters and the New York Post report.

According to the New York Post, the passenger was a Japanese citizen in their 80s. It was not confirmed in the report whether or not they had tested positive for the virus.

Three other Japanese passengers from the Diamond Princess have died after being quarantined for coronavirus.

“Our hearts go out to the families, friends and all who are impacted by these losses,” the company said in a statement last week provided by spokeswoman Alivia Owyoung Ender. “All of us at Princess Cruises, as well as the crew of the Diamond Princess, offer our sincere condolences.”

As of Wednesday morning, there were at least 705 confirmed cases of coronavirus that stemmed from the Diamond Princess, the most of any site outside of mainland China. As of Wednesday morning, according to a map built by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering that is tracking all confirmed cases, coronavirus has infected more than 81,000 people around the world and killed almost 2,800. 

U.S. officials: Four more Diamond Princess passengers have coronavirus; U.S. cases at 57

Four more passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19, bringing the total number of Americans infected from the ship to 40, leading U.S. health officials said Tuesday.

That brings the total U.S. coronavirus cases to 57. The number includes 12 who returned from China before the federal government imposed travel restrictions, two who became infected from other people and three who were repatriated from the outbreak’s epicenter of Wuhan, China.

Though China remains the epicenter of the outbreak, U.S. officials expressed concern Tuesday that a growing number of cases in other countries, particularly South Korea, Iran and Italy, mean COVID-19 is on its way to becoming a full-blown pandemic. 

Schools could be closed, mass public gatherings suspended and businesses forced to have employees work remotely, Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in a conference call Tuesday.

“Disruption to everyday life may be severe,” she said.

Though officials stressed Tuesday that the outbreak remained contained in the U.S., questions remained about the nation’s level of preparedness for the increase in cases that’s likely to come. Officials didn’t say immediately Tuesday where the four additional cases from the Diamond Princess were under quarantine.

More than 300 of the cruise ship’s passengers are completing a two-week quarantine at U.S. military bases in California and Texas and a hospital in Nebraska. Of the 40 cases from the Diamond Princess, 14 of them tested positive before they boarded two chartered evacuation flights last week with passengers who tested negative.

Another 100 Americans who were on the ship are stuck in Japan, where the ship is docked. U.S. officials barred those passengers from returning home for two weeks, but they are not quarantined.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fourth Diamond Princess cruise ship passenger has died, reports

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