Japan’s well being ministry confirmed Thursday that two aged passengers taken off the Diamond Princess cruise ship have died from the brand new virus, changing into the primary fatalities from the virus-stricken vessel.

Japan now has three deaths linked to the COVID-19 sickness.

Japan’s NHK public tv stated each had been Japanese of their 80s. A well being ministry official solely confirmed that that they had been beforehand been hospitalized in critical situation. The official spoke anonymously, citing workplace protocol.

The new virus started in China late final yr has sickened tens of hundreds of individuals, principally in China.

The Diamond Princess, docked in Yokohama, close to Tokyo, began letting passengers who examined damaging for the virus go away the ship Wednesday.

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