Japanese evacuees from Wuhan infected after initially testing negative for Covid-19

Diamond Princess at port of Yokohama, Japan

Two citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of a Covid-19 outbreak have been diagnosed with the infection after initially testing negative, Japan’s health ministry said on Tuesday (11 Feb).

The 2 were evacuated from Wuhan on January 29 and January 30 respectively via government chartered flights, with both tested negative for the Covid-19 upon landing in Japan.

Of the 2 evacuees, the man who returned on January 29 had tested negative twice while he was isolated in a hotel room. However, a subsequent third test 12 days later found the man, who is in his 50s, infected with the deadly virus.

The other man, in his 40s, was confirmed infected on this second test on Monday (10 Feb).

Medical experts have concluded that the Covid-19 could remain dormant for up to 24 days and hard to detect. The 2 cases appear to support their conclusions, with both turning symptomatic within 2 weeks.

With the new infections, Japan’s total tally of people infected with the Covid-19 has risen to 28 (excluding the figures from cruise ship Diamond Princess which is classified by WHO as “International conveyance”).

Singapore is currently on the top of the lists for the most number of Covid-19 infections in a country outside of China, at 47. Japan currently shares third placing with Korea, after second-placed Thailand with 33.

* Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are strictly not countries and therefore not considered on the list when calculating placing for countries outside of China.

Diamond Princess

The cruise ship carrying 3,711 people is currently quarantined off the port of Yokohama, with 174 confirmed infections while more cases are expected to surface as some passengers have reportedly developed fever. Of the 174 infected, 4 are currently in critical condition.

Diamond Princess arrived off the coast of Japan on the evening of February 3, and was officially placed into quarantine 2 days later after an 80-year-old passenger that had earlier sailed on the ship disembarked in Hong Kong and developed symptoms 6 days later.

Health authorities in Japan are considering testing all the remaining passengers on board the cruise ship after the quarantine ends on February 19. Only those who tested negative will be allowed to leave.

Meanwhile, Japan is planning to send a fifth evacuation flight to Wuhan later this week.

 

 

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7 Responses to “Japanese evacuees from Wuhan infected after initially testing negative for Covid-19”

  • Bapak:

    South Korea & Isreal also tell their citizens not to go SG. STB said “no reason” for such advisory. Our G is in denial mode. Then why tell Singaporeans don’t go China, HK & Macau?

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  • mike:

    The current most effective way of limit and control the spread of virus are protective gears and disinfectants while buying time for vaccines and/or determining effective medications. Going forward, certain other day-to-day codes of practices may be reviewed.

    And among all the protective gears or equipments, the most basic IS mask.

    The country will not hesitate to purchase the most expensive defense toys to protect this tiny island; and why should the country under invest the production of most basic equipments to sustain defense against the spread and limit the spread of such contagious virus?

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  • UniQ:

    This pandemic test has really surface the incompetency of our ruling regime. Having such small population initially to plan for self sufficiency, they somehow decided that $$ can buy every damn thing in the world, buy killing local manufacturing of essential food like instant noodles and others, and basic medical prevention like proper N95 masks.

    Reality has proven so, that each their own and Singapore are left with scarcity of needs other than our current stockpiles.

    One can have all the $$ in the world, but would not shield one from the harsh truth the world will throw at, when one have not done the saint duty one is bound to do to the people that elected them.

    Base on this incident, extremely poor planning in inventories to address panic buy from the nation in time of needs.

    People would wonder why are they paid Millions then? These cash paid to them to enable them to run road when all hell broke loose and the people are left to fend for themselves ?

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  • unless it is pap or pap IB:

    mike:
    The current most effective way of limit and control the spread of virus are protective gears and disinfectants while buying time for vaccines and/or determining effective medications. Going forward, certain other day-to-day codes of practices may be reviewed.

    And among all the protective gears or equipments, the most basic IS mask.

    The country will not hesitate to purchase the most expensive defense toys to protect this tiny island; and why should the country under invest the production of most basic equipments to sustain defense against the spread and limit the spread of such contagious virus?

    because country no more money

    after paying S$m by pap ownself justify ownself S$m system

    paying each other in pap clan S$m no more money left to buy masks.

    even 70% sheep is starting to realize their CPF is kosong since pap clan is big and the S$m they pay each other year in year out is massive so much so GST must up to cover the holes in CPF gic temasick.

    according to INTERNET which pap clan members no POFMA they INTERNET says pap clown wife alone is S$100m pa. just one mouth is S$100m. pap clan has so many mouths. every pap ministry 2 or more ministers, 2 or more senior MOS, 2 or more MOS, and so on.

    a lot of S$m.

    that is why no more money left to buy masks for 70% sheep. that is why stupid statement kenna then wear mask can come out.

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  • mike:

    Seriously can clean room for wafer manufacturing and medical pharmaceutical industry still function without mask and gown supply?

    Or should they just close down?

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  • Very scary now as more cases that were undetectable starts to surface. Testing kits also no use and have tested 5 times also negative. Then suddenly “pop”!

    Dr Zhong study also shows standard nucleic acid tests can only detect about 50% of those infected.

    新京报快讯(记者 沙雪良)截至2月12日20时,天津市宝坻区又确诊2例新冠肺炎确诊病例,确诊病例总数已达43例。最新两个病例留观期间核酸检测分别5次、3次呈阴性,12日检测结果才呈阳性。

    新确诊的两个病例中,一例54岁女患者(天津市第111例)曾于1月22日去过宝坻百货大楼购物。该患者2月2日到宝坻区人民医院发热门诊就诊,并留院观察,3日、5日、7日、8日、10日5次核酸检测结果均为阴性,12日核酸检测结果为阳性,经天津市专家组确诊为该市第111例病例,分型为普通型。

    第二个病例(女,42岁,天津市第112例)是一名化妆品店经营者,1月24日下午,一名曾于1月20日到宝坻区百货大楼购物的女性到该店内,一小时后离开。2月4日,该病例出现腰痛、腹痛症状,并于4日、5日两度自行服药,6日就诊后,2月6日、8日、10日,3次检测结果均为阴性;2月12日,再次检测,结果为阳性,并经天津市专家组确诊为该市第112例病例。

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  • Orange Alert:

    Very scary! Remember those “zombie” movies where people who are infected move about undetected? As they say, truth is sometimes stranger than ficition.

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