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Diamond Princess cruise ship to let some passengers off



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Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been quarantined off the coast of Japan for a week because of the coronavirus will let some of its passengers off the ship early.

The cruise line also confirmed late Wednesday night 44 new cases, bringing the total number of people on the ship who have fallen ill with the virus to at least 218, with at least 20 of those being Americans. 

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Japanese authorities initially decided quarantining people on the cruise ship was the best option. She said during an event Tuesday at the National Press Club that the increasing number of infected individuals on the ship is prompting officials to “look critically” about the safest thing to do for all on board. 

“I think the issue is what are the options available? Finding the best option, given what we know right now about how much spread has already occurred and how many are still susceptible,” she said. “It’s just an extremely difficult issue. For the passengers, the crew and their families, it is extremely difficult.”



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