Japan to allow some elderly passengers to leave virus-hit cruise ship

The Japanese government has said that some elderly passengers on the novel coronavirus-hit cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama will be allowed to disembark as early as February 14.

A total of 200 passengers over the age of 80 with other diseases who have tested negative for the virus can choose to get off the ship, depending on their health conditions and wishes, Japan's Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told a press briefing.