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6 more coronavirus infections on ship in Yokohama bring total to 70

Members of the media film the cruise ship Diamond Princess as it sits in quarantine in the Yokohama Port, on Feb. 9, 2020, Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Six more people on a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama have tested positive for a new coronavirus, the health ministry said Sunday, bringing the total number of those infected onboard to 70.

    The five crew members and one passenger -- four Filipinos, one American and one Ukrainian in their 20s to 70s -- have no serious symptoms, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said.

    The ministry said it has tested 336 potentially infected people from around 3,700 passengers and crew on the vessel, and the latest results on 57 people turned up the six new cases.

    The ship, carrying customers from more than 50 countries and regions, has been kept in quarantine since Monday after a passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong, was found to be infected with the pneumonia-causing virus.

    The government is also working on a request to get medication to those on board who are suffering from chronic conditions, health minister Katsunobu Kato said on a TV program the same day.

    The overall number of infected in Japan now stands at 96, including 10 people who evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, at the center of the outbreak, on government-chartered flights. Another 16 includes tourists and a tour bus driver.

    A Japanese national, suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, died Saturday in Wuhan. The man in his 60s would be the first Japanese death resulting from the virus if confirmed.

    In mainland China, the death toll reached 811, the country's National Health Commission said Sunday, more than the SARS global death toll of 774. The cases of confirmed infections have risen to more than 37,000 nationwide.

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