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Korea must evacuate nationals from virus-hit cruise ship in Japan

The U.S. government plans to evacuate Americans from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship docked in Yokohama since Feb. 5 amid growing skepticism about the Japanese government's capacity to deal with the outbreak.

South Korea should follow suit immediately before it is too late. What is happening on the ship is hardly understandable. The ship is the biggest virus infection center outside of mainland China, and the number of confirmed cases there is soaring. Japan's health authorities confirmed 70 additional cases from the virus-hit Diamond Princess, Sunday, bringing total infections there to 355.

The problem is that more than 3,400 passengers and crew are still in danger. Japan initially kept all the passengers and crew confined to the vessel, but let passengers aged........

© The Korea Times