Canada charters plane to evacuate citizens aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship

Ruben Fields
February 16, 2020

The letter to Americans on the Diamond Princess warns, "Should you choose not to return on this charter flight, you will be unable to return to the United States for a period of time". The couple were the only two with symptoms among the 145 ship passengers who entered Malaysia, which has now barred other Westerdam passengers.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the coronavirus might knock two- to three-tenths of a percent off US gross domestic product in the first quarter.

"Leaving in a few hours".

"My whole family is healthy but we have not received any message from the ship's crew, doctors or the embassy", she said.

Increased medical support and preventive measures in Hubei had headed off more critical cases and the proportion of critical cases among confirmed cases had fallen to 21.6% on Saturday, from 32.4% on January 27, Mi said. Japan, Singapore and Thailand on Saturday confirmed new cases. "But it is not unreasonable to say that influenza, for example, which peaks in the winter, you would certainly expect it by March, April and May to taper down, as well as typical common cold coronaviruses".

"My health is fine".

So far, 355 people have been infected, including 15 Canadians, two of which are confirmed to be from Gatineau. Passengers with confirmed cases were taken ashore for treatment. He said this showed the authorities were able to treat patients more quickly, preventing cases from becoming critical.

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The evacuation came as Japanese authorities stepped up warnings over the deadly outbreak, urging citizens to avoid crowds and "non-essential gatherings".

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Sixty million people in Hubei province have been told to stay home unless there's an emergency, and the use of private cars has been banned indefinitely.

After an extended Lunar New Year holiday, China urgently needs to get back to work. But in some cities streets are still deserted.

Many factories are yet to re-open, disrupting supply chains in China and beyond for everyone from smartphone makers to auto manufacturers. "I'll wear a hazmat suit, masks and gloves - whatever it takes". He said he wanted to stay.

The ship docked in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville on Thursday carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew. "I suppose we could have been taken out and shipped home in a sterile way, but it wasn't done". Around half of the guests onboard are from Japan.

Hong Kong, Canada and South Korea also said they planned to evacuate their citizens from the ship.

They had been under quarantine since February 3 and will be taken to Haneda airport to board charter flights back to the US, where they will face another 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The Health Ministry reported that they are examining the possibility of returning home the Israeli passengers who have not been infected with the virus, through their insurance companies.

"Any evacuees who test positive or become symptomatic will be transferred to a suitable off-base facility at the direction of CDC", LTC Chris Mitchell, a Department of Defense spokesman, said. There are about 400 Americans on the ship.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the US' plans.

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