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Japan to allow Diamond Princess passengers to disembark

88 more test positive for virus as total cruise ship infections reach 542

Passengers aboard the Diamond Princess on Feb. 18 wait to be allowed off the cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- About 3,000 people on a cruise ship quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus will start disembarking Wednesday as scheduled, health minister Katsunobu Kato said.

Kato told a press conference on Tuesday that test samples had been collected from all the remaining passengers of the Diamond Princess, and that disembarkation is expected to be completed by Friday.

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