On a quarantined cruise ship off Japan, another 41 passengers were infected with the corona virus. The Japanese authorities said that the number of infected passengers had risen to 61. Previously, 20 patients had been brought on board the Diamond Princess .
According to the German embassy in Tokyo, there are also a total of around 3,700 passengers and crew members of the cruise ship, including ten people with German citizenship. According to the embassy, the Germans on board had not been infected and were doing well according to the circumstances.
Japan's authorities have quarantined the ship until February 19 to prevent the virus from spreading further to the mainland. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also announced that Japan would refuse entry to foreign passengers on another cruise ship destined for Japan. The reason is a suspected case on board the Westerdam , which was traveling from Hong Kong to Okinawa. The new regulation will come into effect on Friday. Another cruise ship called World Dream , anchored off Hong Kong, also isolated thousands of passengers and crew.
Whistleblower doctor died of corona infection
Most cases of coronavirus are in China. There, the number of deaths rose to 636 by Friday; worldwide, more than 31,000 people have now contracted respiratory diseases.
The death of doctor Li Wenliang, announced on Thursday, is politically sensitive for the Chinese government. Li had given early warning of the outbreak of the new virus. The death of the 34-year-old ophthalmologist, who had died of the lung disease on Thursday evening, has sparked great sympathy across the country. The Chinese leadership has now launched an official investigation into the case. With the approval of the party's central committee, the state oversight commission sent an investigation team to Wuhan, the agency said on Friday.
For many Chinese, his death symbolizes the consequences of the inactivity or slow reaction of the authorities to the outbreak. The investigation is about people's questions about this event, it said. Li Wenliang warned on December 30, in an online discussion group of doctors and students of a growing number of mysterious virus cases in Wuhan, that the Sars virus would return, causing the pandemic of 8,000 people infected and 774 killed 17 years ago would have.
Eight participants in the chat group were then summoned and warned by the police about the spread of "rumors". They also had to sign that they no longer reveal anything about the outbreak. A few days later, the doctor infected herself with a patient.
The number of new coronavirus infections in China appears to have stabilized slightly - but remains very high. From Thursday to Friday, the authorities reported more than 3,140 new cases, bringing the total number of all confirmed patients in China to 31,161. It was the second day in a row that the reported infections did not exceed those of the previous day. Within a day, however, 73 patients died from the new lung disease - as many as the day before. So far, there have been 636 coronavirus deaths in China.