Two Malaysians on Japan cruise ship positive to Covid-19

Grant Boone
February 18, 2020

About 40 Americans of the approximately 380 on board the ship opted to stay behind.

Tam said there are eight people in Canada who have tested positive for the virus, following news on Friday that a new case was discovered in British Columbia.

Mr Abel said the conditions on the quarantined cruise ship were making it hard for his father to manage his diabetes and that he is also suffering from a tooth infection.

She said: "I have to say, I realise why, but they put up a YouTube film of them going down the stairs, walking outside, being greeted by the American people outside there", she said.

It is unclear which base the 14 who tested positive for the virus went to.

Ardern told reporters at Parliament that she had spoken again to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison last night about the evacuation of 200 Australians from the ship and the offer to include the 11 New Zealanders.

No Travis airmen will have contact with the passengers, officials said.

Now that they are in the USA, the cruise ship passengers must go through another 14 days of quarantine at the military facilities - meaning they will have been under quarantine for a total of almost four weeks. From there, passengers will be taken to the AV Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ont., for a 14-day quarantine.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late past year, more than 72,000 people have been infected, the vast majority in China, where the official death toll is almost 1,900. That raised the number of deaths in mainland China to 1,868 and the total number of confirmed cases to 72,436, according to China's National Health Commission.

The U.S. had previously confirmed 15 cases of coronavirus in the country. One person has died from the virus so far.

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It is not clear if those evacuated will be required to self-isolate once they return home, though on Monday a Holiday Inn at Heathrow airport was block-booked to be used as a quarantine facility in anticipation of more potential coronavirus cases arriving in the UK.

In total, 454 passengers among the 3,000 passengers quarantined on the cruise liner have now been diagnosed with the virus. We are giving people the ability to come home and that's important.

Global Affairs Canada said on Saturday that the aircraft will bring passengers from Japan to Canadian Forces Base Trenton in southern Ontario.

"Well, we're exhausted, but we're on the plane and that's a good feeling".

"I'm assuming the Australians will test me before we take that flight this afternoon or tomorrow or whenever". There were also worries about being on a long flight with other passengers who might be infected or in an incubation period.

Experts have questioned if the close quarters have contributed to the virus' spread.

"We are starting to provide some relief to our team on board who have worked so hard", he said in a Twitter video message.

"That did get to me a bit".

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday: "Due to the dynamic nature of the outbreak, the USA government recommends that USA citizens disembark and return to the United States". "They are elderly. We are very anxious".

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