Japan confirms 70 more coronavirus cases on Diamond Princess ship

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(CNN) — Another 70 people on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked in Yokohama, have tested positive for novel Coronavirus, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare has announced.

That brings the total number of cases from the ship to 356, and the total in Japan to 407.

Americans on board the ship had until Saturday 8 p.m. ET to tell the US Embassy whether they wanted to leave as part of a voluntary evacuation expected Sunday evening Japan time.

Anyone who remains on board, will begin to be tested for the virus on February 18, and get their results in three days. Staggered disembarkations are due to begin on February 21.

This story was first published on CNN.com.