Coronavirus-quarantined cruise passengers battle illness, boredom

Yolanda Curtis
February 16, 2020

The move was announced for passengers 81 or older and those with underlying medical conditions, or who were in cabins on the inside of the ship without windows.

The embassy has contacted all three Indian nationals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now receiving treatment at medical facilities.

The American planes will arrive on Sunday, and U.S. passengers will be screened before they can board.

But in a letter, the USA embassy in Tokyo said healthy American citizens on board would be screened for symptoms before being able to board the plane home on Sunday.

According to an email the US Embassy sent to the American passengers and crew onboard, those who decide to return to the US will have to remain in quarantine for an additional 14 days.

Pressure is growing on the British government to airlift United Kingdom citizens stranded on a cruise ship stricken by coronavirus, as a Chinese tourist in France yesterday became the first person to die from the disease in Europe.

A bus with a driver wearing protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port, Japan, on February 14, 2020.

A woman holds a piece of cloth with the ship's departure time written on it while quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Yokohama Port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Some cruises slated to depart in April and May were shifted to leave from Tokyo instead of Shanghai, China.

A total of 3,711 passengers and crew are aboard the vessel, and so far, 218 people have tested positive for the virus.

"OK, so here's the thing: As long as the official plan by Japanese health officials is to release those of us who are still healthy from quarantine in just under four days, why would I want to interfere with that by taking up an offer from USA officials to fly us back to Travis?" he said on Twitter. His wife and a patient at the hospital also tested positive.

The commission said 513,183 close contacts have been traced, adding that among them 30,081 were discharged from medical observation on Friday, with 169,039 others still under medical observation.

The US State Department has chartered an airplane to evacuate hundreds of American citizens on a quarantined cruise ship anchored off the Japanese city of Yokohama.

The US said Saturday that Americans aboard the ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday, but that they will face another two-week quarantine.

Authorities said the total number of infections in the county is now over 330. "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make a final determination on this matter".

People who choose to get on the evacuation flight have to stay in quarantine in the United States for two weeks.

The overall confirmed cases on the Chinese mainland has reached 66,492 by the end of Friday, and 1,523 people have died of the disease, it said.

Fifteen patients have tested positive for the new virus in the United States.

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