A doctor from Hadassah is making his way to Japan after the Israel Health Ministry asked him to oversee the treatment of at least three Israelis said to have tested positive for Coronavirus.

The Israelis were among thousands of passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined by the Japanese authorities. More than 350 passengers have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Two of the Israelis are reportedly hospitalised with a third confirmed case awaiting hospitalisation.

“The reason for the trip is to ensure they are getting the right treatment,” says Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Prof Ran Nir-Paz.

“We need to make sure that they can come home healthy without affecting those they travel with and those back in Israel.”

So far there are no cases in Israel and Hadassah-trained Nir-Paz hopes it will stay that way. Even if a few cases were to occur, he said that is not cause for panic.

“I’m not scared about going. It shouldn’t be a dangerous mission,” says Nir-Paz. My family is naturally concerned. I sat with them and showed then the numbers to show the risk is not big. I received their blessing for a safe journey.”

A bus with a driver wearing full protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020 (CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)