May 16, 2020 - Health

Diamond Princess cruise ship leaves port after being docked for 3 months

This image shows the Diamond Princess cruise ship

The Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama on March 25. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

The Diamond Princess cruise ship is traveling to Malaysia after being docked in Yokohama, Japan for three months, Japanese broadcaster NHK reports.

Why it matters: The Diamond Princess carried one of the first coronavirus outbreaks on a cruise ship, affecting 700 passengers from various countries, including the U.S., Japan, Australia and Canada in February. Several people died as a result.

Flashback: Repatriated American citizens who were on the cruise were among the first confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S.

What's happening: The ship has been disinfected and mattresses, linens and room ornaments have been replenished, the New York Times reports.

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