The Argentine tourist contracted the pathogen as a passenger on the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship that docked at Yokohama to prepare for a quarantine that could last until February 19.
Japanese authorities informed on Friday, of the first case of a Latin American diagnosed with the new coronavirus that has been announced so far, an Argentinian passenger on the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship, quarantined off the coast of Japan.
The vessel had reported already that other 41 tourists had contracted the pathogen from different nationalities: 21 Japanese, eight Americans, five Australians, five Canadians and a British citizen.
Japanese authorities declared on Monday a quarantine in the ship in which 3,711 people of 56 different nationalities traveled, most of them, Japanese. The luxury cruise docked at Yokohama on Thursday to refresh for a quarantine that could last until February 19.
The twenty people already tested positive were evacuated from the ship. One of them is in serious condition, the Health Ministry announced Friday without going into details.
"The Japanese government is also providing our ship and crew members with additional support in various tasks," a spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said in a statement Thursday night.
"During the rest of the time onboard, guests will continue to be provided with internet service and courtesy phones to keep in touch with their families and loved ones," he said.
"Also, we have added additional live TV channels and a large selection of in-room movies available in several languages," he said.