Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

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In this Feb. 15, 2020, photo, a man talks on the phone next to a South Korean flag hanging in the balcony of his cabin on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo. The 14-day quarantine for those on the ship is scheduled to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542.

The number is by far the largest outside China.

The Japanese government has repeatedly defended the effectiveness of the quarantine and bristled against criticism that the ship became a virus incubator instead of a quarantine facility.

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