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Timeline: How the global coronavirus pandemic unfolded

December 31, 2019: China alerts the World Health Organization of 27 cases of “viral pneumonia” in the central city of Wuhan.
A worker wearing a protective suit swabs a man's throat for a coronavirus test at a community health clinic in Beijing.(AP)
A worker wearing a protective suit swabs a man's throat for a coronavirus test at a community health clinic in Beijing.(AP)
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 11:28 AM IST
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By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar

40,000 cruise ship workers still trapped at sea amid Covid-19 concerns: Report

Cruise lines stopped sailing in mid-March after several high-profile outbreaks at sea. More than 600 people fell ill aboard Carnival Corp.’s Diamond Princess while it was quarantined off Japan, for example.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored at a port in Yokohama in February 2020.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)
The Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored at a port in Yokohama in February 2020.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 07:19 AM IST
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Miami | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Quarantining Japan cruise ship passengers led to more coronavirus cases: Study

Passengers who showed signs of illness were separated from other passengers on board. When the quarantine in Yokohama was removed and passengers could finally disembark, a total of 619 passengers had been infected by the coronavirus.
A bus arrives near the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS FILLLE)
A bus arrives near the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan(REUTERS FILLLE)
Updated on Feb 29, 2020 11:30 AM IST
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Umea [Sweden] | By Asian News International

Dozens allowed off Japanese novel coronavirus infested cruise show ‘symptoms’: minister

Around 970 people were allowed off the boat last week after testing negative for the virus, but several have subsequently been diagnosed with the illness.
Those allowed off the Diamond Princess ship after a 14-day quarantine were asked to stay inside, but no formal measures restricting their movement were imposed. Feb. 25, 2020.(REUTERS)
Those allowed off the Diamond Princess ship after a 14-day quarantine were asked to stay inside, but no formal measures restricting their movement were imposed. Feb. 25, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 26, 2020 02:10 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse

Fourth person from quarantined Japan ship dies: Report

Three others, all Japanese, have so far died after becoming sick on the ship. Two were confirmed to have the new coronavirus, while the health ministry declined to comment on whether the third person tested positive for the virus.
The US-operated Diamond Princess is anchored as emergency vehicles stand by at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.(AP)
The US-operated Diamond Princess is anchored as emergency vehicles stand by at Yokohama Port, near Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.(AP)
Updated on Feb 25, 2020 09:31 AM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse

Two more Indians aboard Diamond Princess test positive for Covid-19: Embassy

On Sunday, the mission said 12 Indians, who were earlier tested positive for the COVID-19, are responding well to treatment.
A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people, on board the Diamond Princess ship when it docked at the Yokohama port, near Tokyo, on February 3.(REUTERS)
A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people, on board the Diamond Princess ship when it docked at the Yokohama port, near Tokyo, on February 3.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 24, 2020 10:39 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Press Trust of India

Three passengers from Covid-19 infested Japanese cruise die: health ministry

Despite a quarantine imposed on the Diamond Princess, more than 600 people on board tested positive for the virus, with several dozen in serious condition.
In total, Japan has so far recorded four deaths linked to the new coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 130 people excluding those linked to the Diamond Princess.(REUTERS)
In total, Japan has so far recorded four deaths linked to the new coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 130 people excluding those linked to the Diamond Princess.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 23, 2020 05:32 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse

Passenger tests positive for Covid-19 after leaving infected ship in Japan

The patient is a woman in her 60s from Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo, who was on the ship with her husband.
Some experts and former passengers have criticised the quarantine, saying anti-infection measures were inadequate.(REUTERS)
Some experts and former passengers have criticised the quarantine, saying anti-infection measures were inadequate.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 10:54 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Associated Press

23 passengers not tested for Covid-19 before disembarking infected cruise in Japan

The rest of the hundreds of Japanese passengers who returned home and foreign visitors staying in Japan all fulfilled the triple requirements — they tested negative for the virus, showed no symptoms and had been isolated for 14 days.
Japan has confirmed more than 750 cases of the new virus, which first emerged in China, including 634 from the Diamond Princess, which docked and was quarantined in Yokohama, near Tokyo.(REUTERS)
Japan has confirmed more than 750 cases of the new virus, which first emerged in China, including 634 from the Diamond Princess, which docked and was quarantined in Yokohama, near Tokyo.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 06:42 PM IST
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TOKYO | By Associated Press

100 passengers leave Covid-19 infested ship after being in close contact with those infected

Around 970 passengers disembarked the Diamond Princess earlier this week.
With the disembarkation, a 14-day quarantine is expected to start for more than 1,000 crew still on board as many of them did not undergo quarantine because they were needed to keep the ship running.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
With the disembarkation, a 14-day quarantine is expected to start for more than 1,000 crew still on board as many of them did not undergo quarantine because they were needed to keep the ship running.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 05:43 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse

‘Never been this happy’: Evacuees from coronavirus-hit Japan cruise ship reach home in Taiwan

More than 620 passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise liner have been infected with the coronavirus, the most outside mainland China.
Masked passengers look on from on board the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, on February 20, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Masked passengers look on from on board the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at Yokohama Port, south of Tokyo, Japan, on February 20, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 10:11 PM IST
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Taipei | By Reuters

First Covid-19 case confirmed in Israel in returnee from quarantined cruise

The other dozen Israeli passengers who have flown home from Diamond Princess, docked at the coast of Japan, have all tested negative for novel coronavirus.
Israeli Professor Galia Rahavm, head of infectious diseases, is seen in one of the rooms where returning Israelis will stay under observation and isolation at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan, Israel.(REUTERS)
Israeli Professor Galia Rahavm, head of infectious diseases, is seen in one of the rooms where returning Israelis will stay under observation and isolation at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer in Ramat Gan, Israel.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 21, 2020 05:59 PM IST
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Jerusalem | By Agence France-Presse

Condition of 8 Covid-19 infected Indians aboard quarantined ship improving: Embassy

The Indian embassy said in a tweet that no additional Indian national on board the Diamond Princess has tested positive for the virus since Thursday (Feb 20th).
Some of the passengers with no infection began leaving the ship on Wednesday (Feb 19th) after the end of a two-week quarantine period that failed to stop the spread of the virus among passengers and crew.(REUTERS)
Some of the passengers with no infection began leaving the ship on Wednesday (Feb 19th) after the end of a two-week quarantine period that failed to stop the spread of the virus among passengers and crew.(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 21, 2020 03:58 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Press Trust of India

Another Indian tests positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan, total goes up to 7

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people on board the ship that arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month.
Passengers wearing face masks walkout from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020.(REUTERS)
Passengers wearing face masks walkout from the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 05:30 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Press Trust of India

Indian stranded on coronavirus-striken ship sings Arijit Singh song in heartwarming video message

One of the crew members of the coronavirus-striken ship Diamond Princess, Binay Kumar Sarkar, tried to lighten the atmosphere by posting a heart warming video on Facebook.
Binay works at Bermuda Government Ship company as a seaman.
Binay works at Bermuda Government Ship company as a seaman.
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 03:48 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent

Passengers leave Japan coronavirus ship as China toll tops 2,000

With 542 positive cases, the Diamond Princess is easily the biggest cluster outside China, and Japan has faced mounting criticism for its quarantine arrangements as the passengers disperse into the wider world.
Members of the media look on at the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 19, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Members of the media look on at the cruise ship Diamond Princess at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 19, 2020.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2020 01:26 PM IST
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Yokohama, Japan | By Agence France-Presse

Around 500 to leave Covid-19 affected cruise on Wednesday: official

A Japanese health ministry official said “The number (who will leave Wednesday) is changing, largely because it is up to passengers (if they get off).”
Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is docked at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is docked at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 07:51 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse

6 Covid-19 infected Indians responding well to treatment on Diamond Princess: Embassy

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were among the 3,711 people on board the ship that arrived at the Japanese coast earlier this month.
The Japanese government on Tuesday said that final testing to detect positive cases of the COVID-19 have completed. Eighty eight more people tested positive for the disease, taking the number of those infected on the ship to 542.(REUTERS)
The Japanese government on Tuesday said that final testing to detect positive cases of the COVID-19 have completed. Eighty eight more people tested positive for the disease, taking the number of those infected on the ship to 542.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 07:52 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Press Trust of India

Scramble to find US cruise passengers as 1 later tests positive for coronavirus

US cruise liner Westerdam was at sea for two weeks during which it was barred from Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand over fears it could be carrying the virus. On Thursday Cambodia, a staunch ally of Beijing, allowed the ship to dock at Sihanoukville.
The cruise ship MS Westerdam at dock in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.(Reuters Photo)
The cruise ship MS Westerdam at dock in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 02:00 AM IST
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Phnom Penh/Tokyo | By Agencies

WHO warns against novel coronavirus ‘blanket measures’

The outbreak, which has infected some 70,500 people in China and killed over 1,700, has battered manufacturing and tourism across the region and led to multiple travel restrictions including for flights and cruises.
A medical worker in protective suit adjusts a drip bag for a patient at a hospital, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.(Reuters Photo)
A medical worker in protective suit adjusts a drip bag for a patient at a hospital, following an outbreak of the new coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 01:21 AM IST
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Geneva | By Agence France-Presse

Hong Kong to arrange flights to take home passengers from Diamond Princess ship

The cruise ship, owned by Carnival Corp and carrying some 3,700 passengers and crew, has been quarantined in Yokohama since Feb. 3, after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong before it travelled to Japan was diagnosed with the virus.
The cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is seen through steel fence at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 11, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
The cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is seen through steel fence at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, February 11, 2020.(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2020 08:01 AM IST
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Hong Kong | By Reuters

‘It felt like everyday cold’: Student describes catching the coronavirus

A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 13.(Reuters Photo)
A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 13.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Feb 14, 2020 01:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

‘Didn’t have a goodbye kiss’: Man aboard quarantined Japanese cruise on V-Day

Wearing a red dress and a red hair tie, the ship’s entertainment manager Natalie posted a Valentine’s Day video on Twitter to try to keep spirits up.
The cruise ship Diamond Princess is pictured beside a Japanese flag as it lies at anchor while workers and officers prepare to transfer passengers who tested positive for coronavirus.(REUTERS)
The cruise ship Diamond Princess is pictured beside a Japanese flag as it lies at anchor while workers and officers prepare to transfer passengers who tested positive for coronavirus.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 14, 2020 11:09 AM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse

‘Please rescue us’: Indian crew member sends message from coronavirus-hit quarantined ship

An aerial view of cruise ship Diamond Princess, docked at port Yokohama in Japan on February 6.(Reuters Photo)
An aerial view of cruise ship Diamond Princess, docked at port Yokohama in Japan on February 6.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2020 09:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent

Several Indians on board cruise ship quarantined off Japan due to coronavirus outbreak, says govt

Japan’s Health Ministry had earlier confirmed that the number of people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess ship off the coast of Yokohama reached 61.
The Diamond Princess, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp, was placed on a two-week quarantine on arriving at Yokohama on Monday after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.(REUTERS)
The Diamond Princess, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp, was placed on a two-week quarantine on arriving at Yokohama on Monday after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus.(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 08, 2020 02:36 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent & Agencies

Pranks and patience: Passing the time on the Diamond Princess

An outbreak of the coronavirus has left 2,600 guests confined to their cabins and searching for ways to pass the time on the Diamond Princess. Read on.
Passengers who boarded the Diamond Princess are looking for ways to pass the time.(Instagram)
Passengers who boarded the Diamond Princess are looking for ways to pass the time.(Instagram)
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 03:20 PM IST
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Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
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