Iwata holds a press conference via Skype at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan on Feb. 20, 2020. Image: Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) —  A Japanese infectious diseases expert on Thursday removed videos criticizing the situation on the Diamond Princess, a coronavirus-hit cruise ship docked in Yokohama, from YouTube.

In a Twitter post, Kentaro Iwata, a professor at Kobe University Hospital, offered “a heartfelt apology” to those troubled by the videos, whose recordings in Japanese and English had garnered over 1.5 million and 300,000 views, respectively.

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