Planes carrying American evacuees from virus-hit ship leave Japan

Ruben Fields
February 17, 2020

American passengers were to disembark the Diamond Princess and leave Japan on a government-chartered plane Sunday evening to Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, Calif., according to an email sent to them Saturday by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

At least 44 Americans who were on a now-quarantined cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Almost 200 Australians are on the ship. There are more than 400 USA citizens on board.

"They should have done this on the very first day", she said, close to tears.

Canadian, Italian, South Korean and Hong Kong passengers were expected to follow soon, after their governments also announced plans to repatriate passengers.

Personnel in protective gear walk towards the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal. He will report back to the committee.

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.

Smith told USA Today that passengers were prompted to RSVP to the U.S. embassy to tell them whether they'd be leaving.

Hunt said the government also needed to make a final decision on where to quarantine this latest cohort of evacuees.

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

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"We are working through that with different options and we will have advice later today". Three patients are in Wakayama prefecture and appear to be part of a hospital cluster, including the wife of a man who worked at the facility.

Smith said he's skeptical about the government's plan to evacuate citizens on two flights to the United States, since some of the travelers could be sick.

Seventy more people on board were confirmed to have the virus on Sunday, bringing the number of cases from the ship to 355 - 16 of them Australians. He added "the degree of transmissibility on that cruise ship is essentially akin to being in a hot spot". Health experts are concerned by rapid human-to-human transmission in the country. Anyone showing symptoms will be transferred to the Japanese healthcare system.

Thousands of people have been quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise liner of the Japanese port of Yokohama following an outbreak of the deadly illness.

We all know that we were facing a crisis here in Diamond Princess due to NCoV but hey we still managed to smile, laugh and dance. Passengers will be screened for symptoms and then taken by bus to the plane.

"We feel forced to do this under duress", said Mirko.

"If it is a negative result, we will be allowed to disembark?"

"They are not going to go anywhere".

Trimming down the size of the marathon, which has more than 300,000 entrants this year, would be the latest effect on an worldwide sporting event in Japan due to the virus. 174 passengers are now confirmed to be infected with coronavirus as Japanese authorities continue treating people on board. Almost 10,000 people have contracted coronavirus and recovered.

He said beds on intensive care wards were already near full-capacity and the population had "zero immunity" to the new virus, setting the stage for a "major disease and death toll".

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