Irish passengers quarantined on cruise ship in Japan amid coronavirus outbreak


The American evacuees will be housed at the Travis Air Force Base in California and the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The ship had about 3,700 passengers and crew.

More than 300 Americans who were passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined at sea in Japan over the coronavirus outbreak, have evacuated the country on two flights chartered by the us government, officials said.

American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship board a plane headed for the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been docked at the port of Yokohama since the beginning of February after an outbreak of the rapidly-spreading virus.

The Embassy said it was making efforts for early de-boarding of all the Indians from the ship after the end of the quarantine period and was in discussions with the Japanese government and the ship management company for the disembarkation modalities and welfare of Indians.

The 14 cruise passengers were found to have coronavirus shortly before they boarded their chartered flight back to the USA.

There are still no final plans for the possible repatriation of Filipinos onboard a cruise ship with hundreds of COVID-19 cases but the Department of Health said it might require another round of quarantine for the passengers.

There are now a total of at least 355 coronavirus cases that have been diagnosed on the ship, according to the AP.

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She pointed out that not all of them were infected on the first day.

The Department of Defense said American evacuees who did not test positive for the virus would be flown to either Travis Air Force Base in California or Kelly Field/Lackland Air Force Base in Texas where they will be quarantined for another two weeks.

Worldwide, around 71,000 cases of the new coronavirus have been reported and more than 1,700 people - the vast majority of them in mainland China - have died of COVID-19, according to the World Health Organization.

All passengers are being closely monitored by medical professionals throughout the flight, and any who become symptomatic will be moved to the specialized containment area, where they will be treated. All passengers on board will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

"When I heard their voices though, the sound of those familiar American voices, it was immediately comforting", she said in the post.

The massive outbreak has so far killed more than 1,700 people, with China recording most of the casualties.

Champagne said about 250 Canadians on a separate cruise ship off the shore of Cambodia, the Westerdam, have tested negative for the coronavirus and will be returned to Canada at the expense of the cruise line, Holland America.