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Japan Cruise Ship Virus Cases Jump to 218

Another 44 people on board a cruise ship moored off Japan's coast have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the country's health minister said Thursday.

Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the 44 new cases were from another 221 new tests. They raise the number of infections detected on the Diamond Princess to 218, in addition to a quarantine officer who also tested positive for the virus.

Kato said authorities now want to move elderly people off the ship if they test negative for the virus, offering to put them in government-designated lodging.

"We will conduct... tests for those who are high-risk and if they test negative, those who wish to disembark can go and live in a lodging facility that the government will prepare."He said.

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