The first Colombian victim of the Coronavirus has been confirmed via statement of the Colombian foreign ministry. The man, according to reports, is said to be a crew member of the Diamond Princess cruise ship (above photo), owned by Princess Cruise Lines which is quarantined in a harbor at Yokohama, Japan.
The Colombian Embassy in Japan and the ministry of foreign affairs are withholding the man’s name to protect his identity. The man will be removed, as other patients for isolation and treatment in Japan.
The patient is being quarantined in Yokohama, Japan
The foreign ministry issued the following statement:
The Colombian Embassy in Japan learned that a Colombian citizen was on board the vessel as part of the crew. As soon as the situation was known, the relevant inquiries began with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and with the company Princess Cruises.
The Embassy has been in permanent contact with the national and provides assistance that he may require. Today it was learned from the Embassy that the Coronavirus test (COVID-19) that was carried out on the ship was positive and that the Colombian will be landed as a precaution, following local medical protocols.
To date, there is no record of any other Colombian citizen in Japan in a situation related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Colombian Embassy in Japan will continue to carry out all the assistance and support work required for this Colombian, and for the Colombian community in Japan.
Above photo of the Diamond Princess cruise ship By Barrylb – Own work, Public domain