Japanese officials announced that six more passengers on board the Diamond Princess have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of people to contract the virus to 70. One of the lastest patients is a U.S. citizen who lives in Hong Kong, making her the 14 American onboard the quarantined cruise ship to contract the virus.
The Diamond Princess was quarantined off the coast of Yokohama by Japanese authorities after a man who been on the ship last month tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Officials expect the quarantine to last until February 19.
There are roughly 3,700 passengers and crew members aboard the ship. The patients who were diagnosed with the virus were taken to hospitals in Japan for treatment.
The novel coronavirus continues to spread around the world and is officially deadlier than the SARS outbreak in 2003. Chinese officials announced the number of infections rose to 37,198, and that 811 people have died. The SARS outbreak killed 774 people.
There was some good news in the latest report. Officials noted that the number of new infections in Wuhan, which is the center of the global viral outbreak, decreased by 43 percent from February 3 to February 8. The city, along with roughly a dozen others, has been under quarantine since the outbreak began.
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