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Around a third of all people diagnosed with the deadly new coronavirus outside of mainland China are on board a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan, figures show.

The total number of people diagnosed with the bug known as 2019-nCoV while on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the port city of Yokohama south of Tokyo, has reached 135, a Princess Cruises spokesperson told Newsweek.

The spokesperson said a total of 69 on the ship tested positive last week, with a further 66 confirmed by the Japanese Ministry of Health overnight on Monday.

Of the 66 new cases, four people were Australian, 45 Japanese, 3 from the Philippines, 11 from the U.S., as well as one each from Canada, the U.K. and Ukraine.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference on Monday: “We are considering testing, if possible, all those over 80 years old who are in ill health,” Japan Times reported.

The patients are among the over 40,500 2019-nCoV cases confirmed since late last year when health officials became aware of workers falling ill at a wholesale seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei.

The virus has spread to over 25 countries and territories, including the U.S. and Japan. But—as shown in the infographic by Statista below—it is not known to have reached Africa or South America.

Japanese military personnel set up a covered walkway next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 10, 2020.
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