Two Diamond Princess passengers die of coronavirus


Two coronavirus-infected passengers from the Diamond Princess have died, Japanese officials confirmed.

They are the first confirmed deaths from the virus plagued ship.

The two passengers are a man and a woman, both in their 80s and are Japanese, NHK reported.

They were taken to hospitals on Feb. 11 and 12, and both had underlying health issues, the broadcaster said.

There were 76 more coronavirus cases confirmed on Wednesday night, bringing the total to 621.

Japan’s health ministry says 443 passengers disembarked on Wednesday, 90 per cent were Japanese. There are 500 more people expected to disembark today.

Tests are still being conducted on all remaining 3,100 people on the ship. The results are expected to be returned in the next few days and passengers will be able to disembark if they test negative for the virus.