Two Australians among infected on cruise ship
Two Australians are among the 24 People who have tested positive for coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, the cruise company Carnival have confirmed .
The other people infected are three Japanese, three from Hong Kong, one American and one Filipino crewmember.
Stricken cruise ship ‘like a ghost town’
Justin McCurry has been finding out more information about the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is being quarantined off the coast of Yokohama in Japan after an outbreak of coronavirus on board.
Ten people have tested positive for the virus out of results that have come back so far from 456 tests.
David Abel, a British passenger who is on board the ship with his wife Sally, described the situation on his Facebook page.
We are now officially in quarantine. It appears that our quarantine is on board the ship, that we will not be taken off to a hospital. The people that are Affected, they are being taken off very soon by the local coastguard into a medical facility. We are to remain on board the ship and we are confined to our cabins.
The ship is like a ghost town, it’s really weird
. I went for a walk around a part of the ship that is normally really busy – the musicians were still out playing, but where there normally would have been crowds of people, I saw maybe . Even the shopping areas where it would be packed are empty.
We’ll have a full report soon.
In Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus, the authorities are converting an additional eight buildings, including gymnasiums, exhibition centers and sports centers, into hospitals, the official Xinhua news agency has reported.
That’s on top of three conversions already announced. Together the process will add an extra 24, 15 beds to the city’s hospital capacity. There have been 8, 490 confirmed cases in the city, according to the Chinese news website TenCent .of how that first emergency hospital was built in a matter of days .
There’s also another 1, – bed hospital being built.
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The economic impact of the outbreak appears to be building. We’ve already heard about a widening lockdown in China, with Hangzhou being the latest city to restrict movement. That kind of measure will inevitably hurt the economy but foreign companies are also feeling the impact and deepening the effects by suspending operations in China