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Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama (June 2014)

Israel’s Health Ministry found this weekend that the laboratory tests of a female member of the group of 11 Israelis who returned home from the Diamond Princess cruiseliner was positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

“An examination at the Health Ministry’s main laboratory found that one of the passengers tested positive,” the ministry said in a statement to media. “The lab is continuing to confirm the test results. The patient is in quarantine and under supervision and this is not an infection that occurred in Israel.”


In response, the woman’s family said in a statement, “We have unhappily received the news. The families are being updated on the details and support [the woman] and her family. We wish her good health.”

The tests from the other passengers who returned from the ship docked in the port off Yokohama, Japan came back with negative findings.

The infected patient is under medical supervision and being cared for in isolation, according to Health Ministry spokesperson Eyal Basson.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.