Japan Confirms 99 More Coronavirus Cases On Cruise Ship, Total Now 454
Japanese officials have confirmed 99 more people infected by the new virus aboard the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, bringing the total to 454, the Health Ministry says.
The ministry has been carrying out tests on passengers and crew on the ship, docked in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo.
The 14-day quarantine for those on the ship was due to end on Wednesday.
Outside China, the ship has had the largest number of cases of the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus that emerged in China late last year.
About 200 passengers on board the cruiseship will be evacuated on Wednesday to an unused workers camp near Darwin for a fresh two-week quarantine period.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Qantas had offered its aircraft for the flight and Australians wouldn't have to pay to return home.
"For those who are onboard, we are with you, we are doing everything we can to support you," he told reporters in Melbourne on Monday.
Mr Morrison ruled out Christmas Island as a quarantine location as many of the evacuees were older in age and needed to be close to a major hospital.