Americans on Quarantined Cruise Have Coronavirus: Top US Official

Yolanda Curtis
February 17, 2020

Economists say even if auto manufacturing and other industries resume operations as planned, they won't be back to normal until at least mid-March.

"Why didn't they test everybody [earlier] and it would have been over?" asked Melanie Haering, 58, of Tooele, Utah, echoing a question many people have asked from the beginning.

Kiwis in quarantine on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise in Japan will hitch a ride with Australians if they're able to get out.

Passengers on the flights will be quarantined for another two weeks at military facilities in California or Texas.

The global death toll now stands at 1,770, with the vast majority of those deaths in mainland China.

Robin Thompson, an expert in mathematical epidemiology at Britain's University of Oxford, said that with almost 50 cases in Europe, a death was not surprising, but there still had not been "sustained person-to-person transmission in Europe".

However Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that along with a drop in infections within Hubei there had been a rapid increase in the number of people who had recovered.

"We were naive and listened to the Japanese authorities", Nicole added. But those in home quarantine also play a crucial role in slowing the spread of a new virus. But in some cities streets are still deserted.

"Well, you know, it's not OK, but it's better than here", passenger Trudy Clement said.

"Forty of them have gotten infected", said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, in a Sunday interview in reference to the USA citizens on board the Diamond Princess. American officials, dressed in full hazmat suits and face masks, had visited his room to check if he would disembark. CCL.N , has been held in the Japanese port of Yokohama.

On Thursday, one person quarantined at Lackland tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of Americans infected to 15, according to the CDC. Around half of the guests onboard are from Japan.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, passengers will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus, now referred to as CODVID-19, before boarding a U.S. Chartered flight. They will be tested and placed under a 14-day quarantine.

Those entering the U.S. will undergo a 14-day quarantine - on top of the time they have already spent confined on the ship.

Grant Tarling, Holland America's chief medical officer, said in the statement that the company was working with health experts to contact national health authorities around the world to investigate and follow up with individuals who may have come into contact with the American woman found to carry the virus.

About 400 Americans were among the thousands kept aboard the vessel for two weeks after a guest on their 16-day Asian cruise tested positive for coronavirus six days after leaving the ship in Hong Kong on January 25. A second test requested by the cruise operator confirmed the finding.

This news comes as Europe confirms its first death - an 80 year-old Chinese tourist who died in hospital in France.

Shoppers were reportedly greeted by a sign on the door informing them the shop was closed due to "unforeseen circumstances".

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