Another 41 people on a cruise liner off Japan tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total cases confirmed on the ship to 61, Japan’s health minister said.
The jump in infected passengers on the cruise liner comes as the vessel was under a two-week quarantine with about 3,700 people in it.
The new cases were out of the 171 remaining test results, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters.
The new cases take the total number of coronavirus infections in Japan to more than 80.
But Kato said the cruise cases are not counted as cases in Japan, because the cruise is not officially arrived in Japan. Kato said there are 21 cases confirmed in Japan at the moment and only four people who have not been to Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.