Japan reports 12 new cases of COVID-19

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 20: A worker wears a protective suit and a mask as he works in front of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked at the Daikoku Pier on February 20, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been disembarking the cruise ship since Wednesday, as at least 621 passengers and crew onboard have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Including cases onboard the ship, 705 people in Japan have now been diagnosed with COVID-19, making it the worst affected country outside of China. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Japan announced 12 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, including two government officials who worked onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Both of the officials helped with administrative work onboard.

The remaining 10 new cases originated on land, according to the Japanese health ministry.

Among the cases on land is one taxi driver in Okinawa who drove a tourist from the Diamond Princess and has now tested positive. The vessel stopped at a port in Okinawa on February 1, just days before the coronavirus cases were confirmed onboard.

The total tally of confirmed coronavirus cases in Japan now stands at 78 on land and 626 on the Diamond Princess.

Source: CNN News

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