a Frenchman tested positive on the liner in quarantine off Japan

An 80-year-old Frenchman on the Diamond Princess boat in quarantine off Japan has tested positive for coronavirus, RTL learned from his wife. “We learned the results this morning, my husband was taken to a hospital whose address I do not know,” she said.

Four Frenchmen are in quarantine on board the liner, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The octogenarian’s wife said he had “no symptoms” and that additional tests would be performed to confirm this diagnosis. “It’s sad, because despite all the precautions that we took for 11 days confined in our cabin, the virus arrived at us. This is what I feared.” His wife appeals to the French authorities, to whom she asks to take charge of them, she and her husband.

Japanese authorities were preparing this Friday to evacuate from the cruise ship some elderly and fragile passengers, provided that their tests for the new coronavirus prove negative. The number of contaminations among the occupants of the liner Diamond Princess increased to 218 Thursday after new analysis results. But apart from the coronavirus, the state of health of the most fragile passengers was also likely to deteriorate due to the quarantine, which must last until February 19.

Elderly passengers evacuated from the boat

Secretary of State for Health Gaku Hashimoto boarded the Diamond Princess on Friday to announce that all passengers considered to be “at high risk” of seeing their general health deteriorate will be tested for the new coronavirus.

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