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Japan says 88 more COVID-19 cases confirmed on quarantined ship

/ 07:02 PM February 18, 2020
Man on phone aboard Diamond Princess

In this Feb. 15, 2020, photo, a man talks on the phone next to a South Korean flag hanging in the balcony of his cabin on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The 14-day quarantine for those on the ship is scheduled to end Wednesday. (Photo by JAE C. HONG / AP)

TOKYO — Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of COVID-19 on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542.

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The number is by far the largest outside China.

The Japanese government has repeatedly defended the effectiveness of the quarantine and bristled against criticism that the ship became a virus incubator instead of a quarantine facility.

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