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Hong Kong cruise passengers in quarantine

By AAP Newswire

A third plane with five Hong Kong residents who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan for more than two weeks has landed in the Asian financial hub.

The passengers were among more than 200 who have been brought back since Thursday. They have all been transferred to quarantine facilities in the New Territories, where they will spend the next 14 days, authorities said.

The British-flagged Diamond Princess, operated by Carnival Corp, arrived in Yokohama, near Tokyo, on February 3 with some 3700 people onboard after the virus was diagnosed in a man who disembarked last month in Hong Kong.

Authorities said 70 of the 364 Hong Kong residents on the ship were infected with the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

They will remain in Japan along with other citizens who were in close contact with them.