Two Irish citizens have tested positive for the coronavirus

Cruise ship Diamond Princess anchored at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Wednesday

Cruise ship Diamond Princess anchored at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Wednesday

If space permits, non-Canadians who are immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents will also be allowed on the flight, according to the statement.

There have been 92 cases of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus in 12 countries outside of China, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, but officials stressed that there is no evidence of "sustained local transmission" except for in specific circumstances, like aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a separate news conference Tuesday that it has been "appropriate" to keep the passengers and crew aboard the cruise liner until the two-week quarantine period ends Wednesday.

Quarantine conditions imposed on a stricken ship in Japan are both morally dubious and appear counterproductive, according to health experts who fear the vessel has become an incubator for the disease. "The embassy is touch with the national who are successfully braving out the situation and understand public health safety concerns in such situations".

As late as Monday afternoon, Mr Abel said the couple, from Oxfordshire, were well and had passed all medical checks run by the ship, which has 74 Britons on board.

"The vast majority of people on this cruise ship are not infected and were not infected at the point that the quarantine began", he said.

A total of 169 people on the ship have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 48 hours, bringing the total to 500, in the latest cruise news.

Once home the group will be quarantined for 14 days at Whangaparaoa, which is now housing Kiwis evacuated from Wuhan.

"I know there's about 100 Canadians or so out of the 250-plus that have not respond yet in terms of what their intentions are", said Hajdu.

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In total, six Irish citizens were on board the Princess Diamond Cruise Ship.

"Today's numbers from China's national health commission show that the rate at which new cases reported outside Hubei province, where the epidemic has been concentrated, has dropped for two weeks".

Japan's health ministry has not confirmed the reports so far.

Japan has taken test samples from all passengers and crew members on board.

Early Monday, more than 300 Americans were evacuated from the ship, among them over a dozen who have tested positive for the virus. Among them, 14 passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

They were hospitalized in Japan and are said to be suffering from mild symptoms of the disease, which has killed 1,776 people, majority in mainland China, since it was first reported on December 31 a year ago.

In about 14 percent of cases, the virus causes severe symptoms, including pneumonia and shortness of breath, and in about 5 percent, patients will have critical symptoms including respiratory failure, septic shock and multi-organ failure, he said. MacDermott said it was possible there was a similar issue aboard the Diamond Princess, but that a full investigation was needed.

"I am glad for my aunts and uncles to be in the USA and to be receiving treatment here", said JoAnn LaRoche Lee, one of Mr.

"I suspect people were not as isolated from other people as we would have thought", said Dr. Paul Hunter, a professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia in England.

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