More than 3,000 people quarantined on cruise ship after passenger tests positive for Coronavirus

More than 3,000 people quarantined on cruise ship after passenger tests positive for Coronavirus

Last week, the coronavirus was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation. However, it's important to note that the situation is not yet a pandemic, the BBC reports.

As per Fox News, currently, 20,438 people have been infected by the coronavirus and the death toll on Tuesday stood at a reported 425. While a cruise ship containing 6,000 people was quarantined last week as a precaution, passengers were subsequently allowed to disembark.

Now, more than 3,000 people have been quarantined on a different cruise ship after a passenger tested positive for coronavirus.

China built a 1,000-bed hospital to treat those affected by the virus: 

According to the Associated Press via Fox News, the quarantine is taking place onboard the Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess ship off Yokohama, Japan. This measure was taken after a guest went ashore in Hong Kong on January 25 and visited a hospital. He later tested positive for the virus.

"While on the ship he did not visit the ship's medical center to report any symptoms or illness," a statement obtained by USA Today read. "The hospital reports that he is in stable condition and the family members traveling with him remain symptom-free."

The strain of the outbreak caused this medic to break down:

The Associated Press revealed that the passenger did not discover that he had the virus until six days after visiting Hong Kong. He said that medical professionals there failed to identify it when they carried out a thermal screening.

"I wish we were informed as soon as they found out, then I could have worn a mask or washed hands more carefully," the infected passenger said. "I was in Hong Kong nine days ago and it seems to be too late now."

The ship remains docked off Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, as per Fox News.