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Hundreds leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama as coronavirus concerns grow

Hundreds of Japanese and foreign passengers disembarked from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Yokohama on Friday amid growing disquiet in Japan about whether the government is doing enough to stop the virus spreading.
The scheduled departure of more than 400 passengers from the Diamond Princess after weeks in quarantine comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a low-level travel advisory for Japan.
More than 600 travelers aboard the cruise liner, quarantined off Yokohama since arriving on Feb 3 with 3,700 people aboard, have been infected with the virus. Two of them - both Japanese in their 80s - died on Thursday, and some 80 people around Japan, including 25 in the capital of Tokyo, had tested positive for the virus.
Around Japan, more than 80 people have tested positive for the virus, including three more confirmed on Friday in the northern island of Hokkaido. Two are brothers in elementary school, recovering in hospital, with the third a quarantine officer, Hokkaido's governor said at a briefing.
The mounting cases - particularly the high rate of infection on the cruise liner - have stoked concerns about Japan's quarantine practices. The virus has killed more than 2,200 in mainland China so far.
While foreign travelers leaving the ship face more quarantine at home, Japanese do not - a situation that has stoked concerns about Japan's quarantine practices. A number of countries have flown nationals who were aboard the liner home: Two Australians tested positive for the virus after their arrival, Australian authorities said on Friday.
Hundreds leave quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama as coronavirus concerns grow
A bus with a Chinese banner saying "Go, We are Going home!" carrying the Hong Kong passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leaves a port in Yokohama on Friday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
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