Coronavirus: Two South Africans infected on Japanese cruise ship

A doctor checks the body temperature of a man returning from Iran at a quarantine zone to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

A doctor checks the body temperature of a man returning from Iran at a quarantine zone to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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JOHANNESBURG - Two South Africans working on a Japanese cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus.

They are being treated in Japan.

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There are 12 South African crew members working onboard the Princess Diamond Cruise Ship.

Passengers and crew onboard are being tested for coronavirus.

Over 700 have tested positive so far- these patients were immediately transferred out of the ship for medical assistance.

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The Health Ministry says it's monitoring the situation closely.

Meanwhile, the SA government has announced it will evacuate South Africans from Wuhan in China, the epicentre of the outbreak.

Evacuees will be quarantined for 21 days.

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