At least 48 members of the crew of a cruise ship docked at the japanese port of Nagasaki have been tested positive to the COVID-19, 14 more than the day before, announced Thursday the local authorities.
The alert had been given during the weekend by the cruise line, Costa, following a suspected contamination of the 600 crew members present on board the Costa Atlantica, in repair since January in the japanese port.
A first series of four tests had been conducted on Monday, confirming a positive case, leading to the realization of 57 the additional tests, which led to Wednesday evening the number of cases to edge 34.
The results of 66 additional tests have been known Thursday, with 14 positive cases, additional, announced to the press an official of the municipality, Katsumi Nakata.
The authorities hope to be able to test the entire crew here at the end of the week, including 200 to 300 for the day Thursday, according to the authorities.
Among the cases reported, a crew member was taken to the hospital and placed on life support, he said.
The emergence of a new centre of contamination in a cruise ship is less than three months after the onset of the infection aboard the Diamond Princess, whose management by the japanese authorities had raised many criticisms.
All of the more than 3700 passengers and crew members had been left for several weeks in confinement on the ship, docked in the port of Yokohama, with the final 700 infections and 13 deaths.
So far relatively spared by the epidemic, Japan has seen the growth in the number of patients has accelerated in recent weeks, with Thursday, almost 12 000 new cases and approximately 290 deaths since the discovery of the first case. The authorities have placed the country in a state of emergency for one month until may 6.