Coronavirus: First passengers disembark from Diamond Princess in Japan

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The first passengers have begun disembarking from the virus-hit cruise ship moored off Yokohama, Japan after 14 days of quarantine.

An outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has seen at least 542 passengers and crew infected on the Diamond Princess – the biggest cluster outside mainland China.

Passengers have described the difficult quarantine situation on the vessel. Some nations are evacuating their citizens from the ship as infections continue to rise.

Covid-19 has now claimed 2,004 lives in China, according to the latest Chinese data released on Wednesday.

There have been 74,185 confirmed infections recorded in mainland China and around 700 cases in other countries around the globe.

Hong Kong on Wednesday said a 70-year-old man with underlying illnesses became the territory’s second fatality while France, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan have each had one death attributed to the virus.

China on Monday released a detailed study of more than 44,000 confirmed cases indicating that the overwhelming number of deaths occur among the sick and elderly

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