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"Jump in Coronavirus Cases on Ship Poses a Critical Test for Japan"

The New York Times quoted Dr. Timothy Brewer, an epidemiologist with the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, in a story on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the quarantine of a cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Japan already had several confirmed coronavirus cases when a giant cruise ship arrived at the port of Yokohama last week.

Now, with the disclosure that 64 people from that ship have tested positive for the virus, Japan is scrambling to prevent a larger outbreak even as it prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors for the Summer Olympics starting in Tokyo in July.

The Japanese government on Monday quarantined the ship, the Diamond Princess, with more than 3,700 crew and passengers aboard, after learning that a man who had disembarked in Hong Kong on Jan. 25 had tested positive for the virus.