Japan cruise ship virus cases jump to 218 as elderly offered escape

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (AFP) – Japan said yesterday it would allow some elderly passengers off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging, as the number of new coronavirus cases on the vessel jumped to 218. Thousands of passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess – the single largest cluster of infected people outside China – face several days more of quarantine, with many taking to social media to voice their concerns. Those working on the ship have been reluctant to speak to reporters for fear of losing their jobs, but two crew members broke their silence in a video broadcast by Indian media yesterday. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin