Two Poles leave Diamond Princess cruise ship

Around 500 passengers, who tested negative for the coronavirus, were evacuated from the ship on Wednesday. Toru Hanai/PAP/EPA

Two Polish citizens on Wednesday left, after a two-week quarantine, the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Yokohama since early this month. The third Pole, a crew member, remains aboard the ship, PAP was told by the Foreign Ministry's press office.

Around 500 passengers, who tested negative for the coronavirus, were evacuated from the ship on Wednesday. A disembarkation process is expected to last through Friday.

"The Polish consul in Tokyo is in contact with the Poles and is ready to offer them any necessary assistance," the press office told PAP. They have not yet decided to be transported to Poland, it added.

The Diamond Princess has by far the most cases outside China with 621 passengers and crew testing positive.

Japan's Health Ministry said on Thursday that two elderly passengers taken off the quarantined cruise ship, because they were infected with the new virus, have died. They are the first fatalities from the virus-stricken vessel.