Aust doctor sent to coronavirus ship off Japan
An Australian health official will jet to Japan on Sunday to help passengers stranded on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.
More than 200 Australians are on board the vessel and at least 16 have been sent to local hospitals with coronavirus.
The doctor will work to ensure citizens who aren’t affected by the outbreak can depart the ship, which is still docked off Yokahama.
The US is also sending a team of doctors to assess the level of care being provided on board.
The Trump Administration has been preparing to evacuate affected Americans on board with two planes organised by the US State Department.
The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to more than 1,500.