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Costa Atlantica leaves Japan after a month's quarantine

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 1, 2020
The Costa Atlantica cruise ship, which docked in southern Japan with over 100 crew members testing positive for coronavirus, has left the country and is en route to the Philippines, local government officials said on Monday.
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The ship departed Nagasaki on Sunday over a month after it became the second virus-stricken cruise ship to dock in Japan. Lax control on the movement of crew whilst docked highlighted Japan’s patchy response to the pandemic.

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The 86,000 tonne Costa Atlantica docked for maintenance in late April carrying no passengers and 623 crew, most of whom were eventually quarantined inside the ship after 149 tested positive.

Six remain hospitalised in a non-life-threatening condition, Nagasaki prefecture officials said.

The remainder have been confirmed negative and have left Nagasaki, with 126 aboard the ship bound for Manila, Nagasaki prefecture official Kenjo Ura told Reuters.

Nagasaki Prefecture Governor Hodo Nakamura on Sunday told reporters the outbreak revealed the “need for a system to grasp the health condition of crew members” when cruise ships enter Japan, including smooth information exchange with foreign cruise companies.