Two passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have died after contracting the new coronavirus.
An 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, both Japanese, died after being brought to hospital from the ship, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported on Thursday, citing government sources.
It brings up the number of deaths from the virus to three in Japan.
The deaths came a day after passengers started to leave the ship, which was quarantined in a Japanese port for two weeks over a Covid-19 outbreak on board.
More than 620 of the passengers on the Diamond Princess liner have been infected on the ship, which has been quarantined since Feb. 3, initially with about 3,700 people on board.
The 87-year-old man had suffered from heart ailments and bronchitis.
Both tested positive for the virus although the woman’s cause of death was listed as pneumonia, the health ministry said.
It added that one health ministry official and another from the Cabinet Secretariat were confirmed to be infected with the virus after both had spent time working on the Diamond Princess.
Three officials had previously been infected.