Japanese authorities have begun testing all 3,700 passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship for the deadly coronavirus.
The ship was quarantined off the port of Yokohama near Tokyo early this morning after a Hong Kong man who sailed on the ship tested positive for the virus. Cruise company Carnival Japan said the 80-year-old man flew to Japan and boarded the ship on January 20th and disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25th.
The ship will been delayed for at least 24 hours so authorities can review the health of all 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew on board.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said everyone with fevers or who feels unwell will be tested for the disease.
After testing is complete, authorities will then decide whether to let the group leave the ship.
The ship has ended its 14-day itinerary early and was destined for Kagoshima, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Da Nag and Halong Bay in Vietnam, Keelung, Taiwan and Naha, Japan.
Japan has confirmed 20 in-country coronavirus case, with 17 of those infected coming from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the disease originated.