A further 99 more people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare announced on Monday.
It’s the largest single-day increase of cases stemming from the ship to date, and comes as multiple countries around the world prepare to follow the United States in evacuating their citizens from the ship.
There are now a total of 456 cases originating from the Diamond Princess, which had around 3,600 people quarantined onboard over coronavirus fears -- more than 10% of everybody on the ship.
The new cases brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Japan to 513 -- by far the highest number of cases outside of mainland China.
Of the 99 cases, 70 are asymptomatic, the ministry said. They will be moved to onshore medical facilities.