NAHA -- The first case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has appeared in Okinawa.
On February 14, 2020, Okinawa Prefecture confirmed that a female taxi driver in her late 60s living in the prefecture was infected. This is the first confirmation of the virus appearing in Okinawa.
The taxi driver guided passengers who had disembarked the Diamond Princess—the cruise ship that has 174 known cases to date—when it was in port in Naha City.
According to the taxi company in which she works, she guided four Chinese passengers farther south.
On the same day, another one of the taxis in the company's fleet also carried Chinese passengers from the terminal. However, there are no other known infections at this time.
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