Diamond Princess cruise ship captain Stefano Ravera has just made an announcement onboard the cruise liner, reporting that two passengers have died of the novel coronavirus, as heard on a video recording supplied to CNN by a passenger.
Ravera read out a Princess Cruises statement:
"Our hearts go out to the families and friends and all others who are impacted by these losses. All of us at Princess Cruises, as well as the crew of the Diamond Princess, offer our sincere condolences."
The two passengers who died were in their 80s and had been in hospital in Japan, but no further information is known about them at this stage.
There are 624 confirmed cases of the virus linked to the stricken ship, docked in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who tested negative are still disembarking from the ship today.