2 Indians on Japanese coast test positive for Covid 19

2 Indian crew on board cruise ship Diamond Princess off Japanese coast tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid 19) on Wednesday. The Indian mission in Japan said that the 2 Indian crew on board cruise ship were tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Ministry of External Affairs released a press statement on Wednesday.

– The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been kept in quarantine at anchor, off the coast of Yokohama, Japan. Out of 3,711 persons on-board, 132 crew members and six passengers are Indian nationals.

– Due to suspicion of novel Coronavirus (Covid 19) infection, the ship has been quarantined by the Japanese authorities till February 19, 2020. As of February 12, 2020, altogether 174 people have tested positive for Covid 19, including two Indian crew members.

All 174 have been taken to hospitals for adequate treatment – including further quarantine, in accordance with the Japanese health protocol.

Those who have not tested positive, irrespective of their nationality, have not been allowed to disembark.

However, an exception has been made for critically ill passengers/crew members, who have been allowed to be taken to hospitals/medical facilities, under supervision, for further treatment and quarantine.

Japanese authorities have confirmed that they are following the designated health protocols.

– The Embassy of India in Tokyo has reached out to the Indian nationals through emails and telephone calls. The embassy has explained to them about the health and safety regulations of Japanese authorities and have requested for cooperation.

None of the Indian nationals have complained of discriminatory treatment meted out to them. The embassy has been in constant touch with the ship management company – Princess Cruises and the employer of the six passengers, to tie up their travel back to India.

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