Final Group Of Passengers Disembark Cruise Ship

Final group of passengers disembark cruise ship

We start with the latest on the quarantined cruise ship docked near Tokyo.

The last group of passengers who tested negative for the coronavirus disembarked Friday from the quarantined cruise ship docked near Tokyo...two days after their two-week quarantine period ended.

A man in his 70s said, " I just want to sit around and take a bath for now."

Another male passenger said, "I will stay at home without going out for a while."

A total of 970 people who tested negative have left the ship since their quarantine period ended on Wednesday.

The Diamond Princess is the largest hot spot for coronavirus infections outside China.

More than 600 passengers and crew contracted the virus. Two passengers died on Thursday.

Anyone who shared a cabin with an infected passenger is being asked to stay at a government-provided facility... even if they test negative. The period of their stay depends on when their cabin mate was removed.

Officials will also ask those who have returned home to keep an eye on their health for two weeks, and avoid going out unless absolutely necessary.

Health officials and the ship operator are planning to discuss under what conditions crew members will be allowed to get off.

Some of the Canadians that were on the ship arrived back in their country on Friday on a government chartered plane. The government says around 50 of its citizens who tested positive for the virus are currently being treated in Japanese hospitals.

Australian health authorities say two people from the ship tested positive for the virus after returning home. They disembarked from the Diamond Princess earlier this week after initially testing negative. Both are in stable condition. Six people among the 164 who boarded the government-chartered plane displayed symptoms upon arrival.