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Two South Africans Test Positive for Coronavirus on Japanese Cruise Ship

Two South African citizens working on a Japanese cruise ship have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, known as the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday.

DAIKOKU PIER CRUISE TERMINAL, YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – 2020/02/20: Former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship leave on a chartered bus after spending weeks on board in quarantine due to fears of spreading the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Yokohama. (Photo by Stanislav Kogiku/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“The South African government has been made aware by Japanese authorities through the South African embassy in Tokyo, that there were 12 South African crew members working on board the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship when it was affected by Covid-19.

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“On 25 February 2020, we were informed by the Japanese authorities that two of these South Africans tested positive for Covid-19. They are currently being treated in Japan and the latest reports indicate that they are currently asymptomatic,” the ministry said in a statement.

“At this stage, it is most appropriate that the Covid-19 confirmed South African citizens should be treated in Japan until they are fully recovered from the virus and are no longer contagious before they travel further.

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Written by How Africa

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