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Repatriated Aussies test positive

Agence France-Presse

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SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Two Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus on their return home, despite being cleared in Japan, authorities said Friday.

“We have two people who are positive for the COVID-19 virus. Those two people have mild illness,” said Dianne Stephens, acting chief health officer for the Northern Territories.

Health officials in Canberra told AFP all 164 Australians who returned home earlier this week “were tested for COVID-19 in Japan and returned negative results”.

A total of six Australian evacuees have now been retested and the two — described as “an older person” and “a younger person” — tested positive.

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