Indian crew members on-board Diamond Princess cruise ship, off the Japanese coast, have been tested positive for coronavirus. By Tanvi Jain

Indian crew members on-board cruise ship Diamond Princess off the Japanese coast have been tested positive for coronavirus. As per the Japan health ministry, at least 175 people on the ship have been tested positive so far. The ship was carrying 3,711 people, out of which 138 were Indians. As of now, it has been quarantined in Japan. 

Earlier a video recorded from the ship showed an Indian crew member appealing to the government and the United Nations for urgent help. As per reports, the Indian Embassy in Tokyo has reached out to the stranded Indian nationals via phone calls and emails. 

The ship was first quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, south of Tokyo earlier this month, after a man, who had arrived from Hong Kong, was diagnosed with the virus. 

Moreover, an Indian national has been diagnosed in the UAE as well, bringing the number of cases in the country to eight. In India, the number lies to three as of now—all of the students of Wuhan University. Further, at least 172 have been kept under observation in Karnataka, but no one has been tested positive so far. 

Indians Tested Positive For Coronavirus
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However, five Karnataka districts bordering Kerala — Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Udupi, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru – are still under surveillance. Since January 20, as many as 17,316 passengers have undergone thermal screening for coronavirus at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).  

A major spike in the cases of novel coronavirus has brought the death toll in China to over 1,300. Hubei alone has confirmed the addition of at least 242 deaths and 14,840 cases, making it the largest rise in a single day. Almost 34,000 patients have been hospitalised across Hubei, of which around 1,400 are still in critical condition, whereas 3,441 have recovered and have been discharged as well. 

The deadly virus has affected 60,000 people worldwide, the majority being in mainland China. More than 20 countries have been affected so far. 

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