Third death from Japan cruise ship as new cases raise quarantine doubts Feb 24, 2020 0 314 12345 Tokyo: A third person from a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined off Japan has died, the health ministry said on Sunday, as new infections among former passengers emerged.Japan has been criticised in the face of mounting evidence that the quarantine imposed on the Diamond Princess did little to stop the virus spreading. More than 20 foreigners evacuated from the vessel have also tested positive after returning home and on Sunday, authorities admitted a Japanese passenger -- allowed to disembark after receiving a clean bill of health -- had also tested positive for the virus.A Japanese man in his 80s passed away from pneumonia after being taken off the ship, the health ministry said Sunday. Two elderly passengers died on Thursday after contracting the virus.Nearly 1,000 passengers were allowed to leave the ship this week after testing negative, but there are now serious concerns about their status.Among them was a woman in her 60s, who returned home to Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo by train after disembarking the ship on Wednesday. She later developed a fever and tested positive on Saturday, a local official told AFP. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato admitted Saturday 23 passengers were released without being tested for the virus during the quarantine period. (AFP) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES China must learn from ‘shortcomings’ in coronavirus response: President Xi Feb 24, 2020 0 404 Walls, mud packs and monkey removal for Trump’s India visit Feb 24, 2020 0 624 The Global spread of deadly Covid-19 Feb 24, 2020 0 1169 Ten student scouts killed in Indonesia flash flood Jakarta: The death toll from a flash flood that hit hundreds of Indonesian students during a hike along a river on the island of Java has risen to 10, an official said on Sunday. A group of 249 junior high school students were .. South Korea raises virus alert to highest level after jump in cases Seoul/Beijing: South Korea decided to raise its alert over the coronavirus to its highest level, President Moon Jae In announced on Sunday, after the country reported over 150 new cases of the virus. Moon said that the .. Pakistan closes land border with Iran, Afghanistan bans travel over virus fears AFP Islamabad Pakistan on Sunday closed its land border with Iran, while Afghanistan suspended travel to the neighbouring country as fears across the region continued to grow over a jump in new coronavirus infections. .. Mobile phone services restored as Afghan truce holds Kabul: Mobile phone services were restored across swathes of Taliban-contested areas of Afghanistan over the weekend as a partial truce with the militants held for a second day. The commitment has seen fighting drop .. Trump says he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban AFP Washington US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would sign a peace deal with the Taliban if one were eventually reached in Afghanistan. “Yes,” he told reporters at the White House as he prepared to depart on a trip .. Malaysia’s Anwar says partners trying to bring down govt Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday denounced “betrayal” in his ruling coalition, saying that some partners were trying to bring down the government and form a new one. The comments came ..