Nearly a quarter of the 623 members of the crew of a cruise ship docked in western Japan have tested positive to the new coronavirus, announced on Saturday that a responsible official of the japanese.
The Costa Atlantica, a ship under the Italian flag that has no passengers on board, arrived in January in the southern port of Nagasaki for repairs.
The local authorities had been contacted a week ago about the cruise line, Costa, in the wake of a suspicion of contamination among the members of the crew, who have since all passed tests.
The 57 was completed Saturday, and the total number of cases now stands at 148, has announced a japanese official to the press, adding for the moment to ignore their nationalities and their ages.
It just knows that, with the exception of an interpreter, none of which is japanese.
Some of the members of the crew were isolated in their cabins, but many others must ensure that maintenance operations at the edge of the building, said Costa to the japanese authorities.
Only one of them has so far been hospitalized.
The japanese authorities had already had to deal with cases of COVID-19 aboard a cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, at the beginning of the year and their management of this crisis had raised many criticisms.
The more than 3 700 passengers and crew members had been left for several weeks in confinement on the ship moored in the port of Yokohama, with the final 700 cases of contamination, of which 13 have been fatal.