Americans evacuated from cruise ship in Japan test positive for coronavirus

Americans evacuated from cruise ship in Japan test positive for coronavirus

"Why would I want to be put on a bus and a plane with other people they think may be infected when I have spent almost two weeks isolated from those people?" tweeted Matt Smith, an American lawyer on the ship with his wife.

China has recently updated the number of COVID-19 cases to 70,635, which incldues 1,772 deaths.

"During the flights, these individuals will continue to be isolated from the other passengers", the statement continued. Anyone who shows symptoms of the virus will be moved to "an off-base facility", the statement said. About 380 Americans had been on the ship. A second flight took some of the evacuees to Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio.

Those patients, who had been Diamond Princess passengers, will be housed at Camp Roberts for the remainder of their two-week quarantine.

"Princess Cruises confirms an announcement, from the Japanese Ministry of Health, of 67 new positive cases of COVID-19 (previously referred to by health officials as novel coronavirus) on board Diamond Princess", a Princess Cruises spokesperson said.

At least 40 Americans on the ship have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Currently, the U.S. has 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus - a number that will almost double when the 14 new cases arrive on United States soil. Those on board the ship have spoken about the eerie quiet on board as passengers are largely confined to their cabins.

There are now more than 70,000 people infected with COVID-19, majority from China.

All the passengers will be placed in quarantine for 14 days. The doctors could not touch or be near Arana, she wrote.

She had told the Fontanka newspaper that her isolation room was dire - no books, no shampoo, no Wi-Fi, a wastebasket that was never emptied, a door secured by an electronic lock. "Another day another journey". "I am happy and ready to go", Arana told AFP before leaving the ship.

The State Department announced earlier that 14 of the evacuees were confirmed to have the coronavirus while en route. The 14 passengers were allowed to fly in isolation from other passengers.

The Diamond Princess has been under Japan-ordered quarantine since February 5, after a passenger who had disembarked earlier tested positive for the virus in Hong Kong.

Smith said the woman was not wearing a face mask and was standing "well within 6 feet" of another passenger on an adjacent balcony. He described a fellow American passenger standing on her balcony chanting "USA, USA" as buses arrived to collect them.

Vergeire said there will likely be additional protocols or guidelines for the Filipinos on the cruise ship.

If a person tests negative, but has stayed in a same room with someone who is infected, the person will have to stay on board for another two weeks after the infected one leaves the room.

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