Crystal River couple quarantined in Japan prepares to head back to US

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We're keeping in contact with them and will keep you updated on their status. "They should have done their job".

"We were just saying, if Canada does anything, we follow the USA", she said shortly after returning from an hour of designated "fresh air" time with her husband. The ship on arrival carried 3,711 passengers and crew, some of whom have yet to be examined.

Sells, who is self-employed, said the forced absence would harm her business.

Other passengers on the Diamond Princess will be disembarked over several days beginning February 21, and the crew will likely begin their own quarantine once all passengers have left the ship, Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises, told passengers in a letter read by the ship's captain.

The thought of that happening, especially when the couple believed they were in the home stretch, he said, is "quite depressing". "And now 400 American citizens are going to suffer due to their incompetence".

Spencer is a US citizen and a Canadian permanent resident. "And without just cause - we didn't commit a crime".

"Of course, in contravention of the rules of quarantine, she's not wearing a face mask, and she's talking with a passenger on the adjacent balcony".

For the hard-working crew members who have been keeping guests happy and delivering meals to the cabins each day things don't look so good looking ahead. "To have to endure another 14 days and possibly not have to go outside is very irksome and I feel quite upset over the whole thing".

The commission's daily bulletin also reported 142 more deaths nationwide, the vast majority in Hubei.

They are among 400 people from the U.S. leaving the vessel docked in Japan. It also stepped up its program of testing passengers.

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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.

More such decisions may follow. About 1000 people remain on the ship, with the rest on their way home.

There are concerns, however, that the stringent quarantine measures taken across the country may have not been enough to contain the virus' spread - several major cities have now been on lockdown for almost a month.

None of those on Christmas Island or at the facility near Darwin have tested positive to the COVID-19 virus.

British citizens trapped on a cruise ship rife with coronavirus may be quarantined in Japan, it emerged on Sunday as they accused the Foreign Office of abandoning them. Buses will transport the Americans directly from the Yokohama port to an unspecified airport.

Passengers will be screened for coronavirus symptoms in Japan before boarding the aircraft and those that show symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding and transferred to a Japanese hospital for treatment, Global Affairs wrote. "Others are going to be evacuated starting imminently to air force bases in the United States".

Late Sunday and into the early hours of Monday, Americans who opted to leave were brought off the ship in groups. "We understand this is frustrating and an adjustment, but these measures are consistent with the careful policies we have instituted to limit the potential spread of the disease", the email reads.

Some passengers will be able to leave Sunday, with the United States providing a charter flight to transport its citizens on board the ship home.

She also said the couple from Gatineau are now waiting to be transported by ambulance to a military hospital, where they will be kept in isolation until they no longer test positive for the virus.

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

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