All of the crew on a coronavirus-infested cruise ship off Japan have now disembarked, the country's health minister said.
The crew left the Diamond Princess on Thursday to quarantine ashore after the last passenger left.
"Including the captain, all crew members disembarked," Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters late Sunday.
Around 130 people – including the captain and 98 Ministry of Health officials who worked on board – tested negative for the virus when they left the ship, he said.
They will spend 14 days in government-designated dormitories before being allowed to leave Japan while the ship is being disinfected before sailing again.
At least six people who were hospitalized after being shipped from the ship have died, including a British male passenger, the Ministry of Health said.
A 78-year-old man was evacuated from the ship on Sunday. He died in a hospital in Perth, becoming the first casualty in Australia.
Japan quarantined the cruise ship after an 80-year-old passenger who disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25 tested positive for the deadly virus.
The quarantine was heavily criticized after more than 700 people tested positive for the virus on board.
The ship carried approximately 3,700 passengers and crew when it reached the port of Yokohama.
Kato said the government had to "review the whole process," but the authorities have focused on efforts to curb the spread of the virus for now.
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