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Virus-hit Diamond Princess passengers start disembarking

Nearly 3,000 travelers to depart via Yokohama-area train stations

Some passengers on the Diamond Princess -- mainly elderly travelers -- started disembarking in the morning of Feb. 19 in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Passengers on the coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess started disembarking Wednesday in Yokohama after a two-week quarantine period that raised questions about the Japanese government's response to the outbreak.

The disembarkation of nearly 3,000 people is expected to take three days at least, according to the government. In the first group, some 500 mainly elderly passengers who have tested negative for the virus will leave the ship after final checkups with doctors.

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