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Ordeal: Passengers from the World Dream cruise ship leave in buses after their quarantine ended in Hong Kong. Photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Ordeal: Passengers from the World Dream cruise ship leave in buses after their quarantine ended in Hong Kong. Photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

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Ordeal: Passengers from the World Dream cruise ship leave in buses after their quarantine ended in Hong Kong. Photo: Tyrone Siu/Reuters

Six more people on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan - which has two Irish passengers aboard - have been found to have the new coronavirus, bringing the number who have tested positive on board to 70.

The nationalities of the newest victims of the virus on the ship, the Diamond Princesss which is in quarantine off the coast of Japan, have not been made public.

Passengers are also now being offered counselling to deal with the stress of being confined to their cabins.

Japanese authorities had earlier tested 279 people onboard the cruise ship, finding 64 of them were infected with the coronavirus.

The Diamond Princess was quarantined after a former passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong last month was diagnosed with the virus.

There were more than 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship when it arrived off Japan's coast last week.

Dozens have been taken to hospital and around 3,600 people, many of them elderly, were still onboard yesterday.

Medicines had to be brought onboard for some passengers who are confined to their cabins.

A spokesman said that Princess Cruises was confirming an additional six cases of coronavirus, tested by the Japanese Ministry of Health on Diamond Princess.

Separately, over the past two days, 10 guests were disembarked needing other medical treatment unrelated to coronavirus and were transferred to local hospitals.

Meanwhile in Hong Kong, 3,600 passengers and crew have been allowed to leave another cruise ship after a quarantine was lifted.

Tests on the crew aboard the World Dream ship found no trace of the virus.

The ship had been placed under quarantine since it docked on Wednesday after eight Chinese passengers on a voyage last month were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Irish Independent