Hokkaido Reports 3 More Coronavirus Cases

Hokkaido reports 3 more coronavirus cases

Officials in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido say three more coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the region.

The three include two male elementary school students in Nakafurano Town. The other is a woman in her 40s. She lives in Chitose City. The woman was working as a quarantine officer at New Chitose Airport.

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More Passengers Leave Virus - Hit Cruise Ship

More passengers leave virus-hit cruise ship

A third group of passengers from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship near Tokyo are disembarking.

More than 700 people have left the ship since their two-week quarantine period ended on Wednesday.

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More Passengers To Leave Cruise Ship Friday

More passengers to leave cruise ship Friday

A third group of passengers from the virus-stricken cruise ship in Japan will leave the vessel on Friday.

Coronavirus infection has been confirmed in 634 passengers and crewmembers on the Diamond Princess, moored at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo.

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Many On Ship Likely Infected Before Quarantine

Many on ship likely infected before quarantine

Japanese health experts say many passengers onboard a quarantined cruise ship were very likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus before authorities asked them to stay in their cabins.

Officials at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases held a news conference on Thursday. They discussed mass infections on the Diamond Princess, which arrived at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, on February 3.

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Ldp To Postpone Party Convention

LDP to postpone party convention

Officials of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party say the party will postpone its convention due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

They say the party will officially announce its postponement on Friday, based on discussions on the matter so far following the spread of infections.

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Nagoya Women's Marathon Limited To Elite Runners

Nagoya Women's Marathon limited to elite runners

The organizers of Nagoya Women's Marathon say participants in the race will be limited to elite runners to prevent the new coronavirus from spreading in Japan.

They announced on Thursday that they will cancel entries by the public and only accept top runners for the women's marathon race in Nagoya, central Japan, scheduled for March 8.

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Govt. Not Asking For Voluntary Restraint On Events

Govt. not asking for voluntary restraint on events

Japan's health minister says the government is asking event organizers to review the necessity of their events to help prevent a further spread of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Katsunobu Kato called for cooperation at a news conference on Thursday.

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Expert: Criticism Helped Improve Ship's Condition

Expert: Criticism helped improve ship's condition

An expert on infectious diseases says his criticism has helped improve the situation on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess.

Professor Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University spoke on Thursday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo using a TV-conference system.

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Coronavirus: 2 Cruise Passengers Die

Coronavirus: 2 cruise passengers die

Two passengers who were aboard the quarantined cruise ship docked near Tokyo have died. They had been hospitalized after showing symptoms and tested positive for the new coronavirus last week.

This comes as passengers continue to disembark following a two week quarantine period.

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Coronavirus: Japan Reports More Cases Outside Ship

Coronavirus: Japan reports more cases outside ship

Japan's health authorities confirmed seven new cases of coronavirus infection on Thursday. That brings the total number of patients outside passengers and crew from the ship to over 90.

Among the new cases, a man in his 80s has tested positive in Kanagawa. He had been staying at a hospital where an elderly woman who died from the virus had received care.

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Hayabusa2 Continuing Return To Earth

Hayabusa2 continuing return to Earth

Japan's space agency says its asteroid probe is continuing its return to Earth as planned after the first injection of its main engines.

Hayabusa2 last December began its return after completing a mission on the asteroid Ryugu.

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Outbreak Forces Change In Paralympic Test Event

Outbreak forces change in Paralympic test event

A test event for the Tokyo Paralympics will be scaled down and held without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak in Japan.

The Japanese Para-Sports Association says the boccia tournament will not be held as an international event.

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Coronavirus: 2 Passengers From Cruise Ship Die

Coronavirus: 2 passengers from cruise ship die

Two people have died who were aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked near Tokyo. They had been hospitalized and tested positive last week for the new coronavirus.

Both patients were Japanese. One was an 87-year-old man who had bronchial asthma. The other was an 84-year-old woman. She didn't have any pre-existing conditions. Officials say both had a fever and developed pneumonia.

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Coronavirus: Case Confirmed In Sapporo

Coronavirus: Case confirmed in Sapporo

A man in his 40s has tested positive for the virus in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo. That's the 88th case of infection outside passengers and crew from the cruise ship Diamond Princess.

Earlier, authorities in the southwestern city of Fukuoka said a man in his 60s had also tested positive. He has not been abroad recently and is the first confirmed case in the Kyushu region.

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