Govt May Evacuate Coronavirus-positive Patients from Japan

Govt May Evacuate Coronavirus-positive Patients from Japan

The new cases bring the total on the Diamond Princess to 542.

The ship had over 3,000 people on board when it was first discovered that a passenger who tested positive with the virus had been on the ship.

As per reports in Reuters, the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Japan is 520 as of Monday, 17 February 2020.

The question now is: Why?

Health Ministry Deputy Director General Itamar Grotto and Israel's Ambassador to Japan Yaffa Ben-Ari met in Tokyo on Monday with Japanese health officials in order to discuss the evacuation of Israeli nationals from the ship, the ministry said at the time.

Coronavirus is a major health concern for many across the globe.

But why have cruise ships provided such a unsafe breeding ground for viruses?

While foreign governments have couched their decision to remove citizens as an attempt to reduce the burden on Japanese authorities, many have interpreted the evacuations as criticism of Tokyo's handling of the situation.

Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare said that the 88 cases were confirmed after testing 681 people aboard the ship. We are NOT being taken to a hospital but a hostel.

Thousands of cruise ship passengers across the world have been quarantined in recent weeks after outbreaks of coronavirus onboard.

Dr Noor Hisham said the infected duo were already placed in isolation and are being monitored by the Japanese officials. "I asked the doctor if the swab shows that I'm negative, and he just shook his head and said, 'I don't know.' There's a lot of stuff that they don't know". MacDermott said it was possible there was a similar issue aboard the Diamond Princess, but that a full investigation was needed.

Another passenger, Trudy Clement, said she's a bit anxious although neither she nor her husband have shown symptoms.

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says some aboard the cruise ship have indicated they plan to stay with ill family members, but their travel home, whenever it happens, will be tracked.

The remaining passengers will remain under quarantine for 14 days.

Jeff Pruce wears a mask as he takes a rare walk on the deck of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

"We are glad to be going home", Cheryl Molesky earlier told NHK TV in Japan.

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

The157 people now quarantined at Whangaparaoa will be allowed to leave on Wednesday as long as they remained asymptomatic. But he acknowledged that attempting to quarantine more than 3,700 people was logistically challenging. "Not to do so would be reckless".

Seven are now being screened, along with other passengers and crew. Crew members also cooked their own food and ate in groups in a crew mess hall.

British cruise ship passenger David Abel and his wife Sally have today tested positive for coronavirus in Japan. China's top state epidemiologist said earlier this week that he expected the outbreak to peak sometime in April.

At this stage, "the spreading of the virus will be inevitable, and that's why quarantine is out of the question", Omi said. Four others with the virus are in a hospital outside Travis Air Force Base and will be moved to Omaha this week, the official said.

"Boats are notorious places for being incubators for viruses", said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at the New York University School of Medicine.

In Beijing, China's ruling Communist Party signaled that it would nearly certainly postpone the annual meeting of its legislature, the National People's Congress and the other national committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Hajdu said the length of time evacuees spend in quarantine at the base may vary by person depending on symptoms.

The Australians will be flown to a mining camp in Darwin where they will be quarantined for two weeks.

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