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Coronavirus patients from Diamond Princess cruise visits Taiwan's tourist spots as self-caution advised

People are advised to take precautionary measures amid concerns that some of the Diamond Princess cruise line visitors may have contracted the novel coronavirus virus, announced by Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

Diamond Princess cruise ship carrying 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members, has been quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, Japan with several onboard having comfirmed infected with coronavirus.

61 infected people were among a reported 1,000 passengers who got off the ship and visit northern Taiwan on Jan. 31.

The places the passengers visited include the Taipei 101 and Taipei 101 observatory, the towns of Jiufen and Shifen in New Taipei City, as well as shopping center Ximending District in Taipei.

"Due to the Wuhan epidemic, anyone who had been to the following locations from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 (, please conduct self-health management until Feb. 14," according to an electronic announcement the CECC issued to Taiwan's mobile phone users via the country's Public Warning System (PWS).

The CECC on Friday advised people who have visited the locations in northern Taiwan that the cruise passengers toured to adopt safety measures.


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