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Japanese expert warns of alarming state inside Diamond Princess

Passengers begin to disembark amid fears that virus containment is insufficient

Buses were on hand at Yokohama port to carry Diamond Princess passengers to the nearest train station, where they are being asked to take public transit to their next destination. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- Remaining Diamond Princess passengers who have tested negative for the new coronavirus on Wednesday began disembarking the cruise ship despite warnings their 14-day quarantine period was poorly handled and they could take the virus off the ship with them.

Approximately 500 people were to leave the ship, docked in Yokohama, on Wednesday. All of the nearly 3,000 passengers are expected to set foot on land by Friday.

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