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

Joanna Estrada
February 16, 2020

Japanese officials continued to find new infections among the passengers and crew and rushed them to local hospitals, while others have been told to stay inside their cabins during the 14-day quarantine period set to end Wednesday. The number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus which is also known as COVID-19 is now at 285 including passengers and crew members.

Japan's Health Minister announced this morning the extra cases from 289 new tests, on top of the 67 new infections from Saturday.

"The reason for that is the degree of transmissibility on that cruise ship is essentially akin to being in a hot spot", he said.

"I can't do it", she said of the possibility of being in quarantine again once off the ship.

The U.S. says Americans aboard a quarantined cruise ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday, but that they will face another two-week quarantine.

Their motivations to stay behind varied.

The Health Ministry said in a statement that it had learned from Japanese authorities that all three were showing only mild symptoms.

"We feel that we've been completely overlooked, neglected, forgotten".

The Courters tell ABC Action News they were tested for the coronavirus yesterday. That only clarifies our point that this quarantine could be wrong and that we should have left.

"This was too much for Japan, and they shouldn't have had to bear the burden", she added.

What is happening on the cruise ship?


Hong Kong, Canada and South Korea also said they planned to evacuate their citizens from the ship.

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. We were naive, we listened to the Japanese authorities.

Princess Cruises announced their crew will be quarantined as soon as the ship arrives at its destination, but they say their crew will be compensated and will receive two months of paid time off after they are quarantined.

AP A passenger cleans the window of his cabin on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Saturday in Yokohama near Tokyo

Outside of mainland China, where the virus is believed to have originated, the Diamond Princess has the most COVID-19 cases in the world.

Late Sunday and into the early hours of Monday, Americans who opted to leave were brought off the ship in groups, passing through a makeshift passport control but undergoing no health checks, American passenger Sarah Arana told AFP.

"The results were the same". The U.S. State Department has arranged for charter flights to fly the Americans back to the United States.

"I am happy and ready to go", Ms Arana said before leaving the ship.

Following the development, panic and resentment were spreading among the remaining Israelis aboard the ship. Passengers were welcomed ashore by Hun Sen, the prime minister, who handed them flowers.

Tens of thousands of people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus, with the majority of cases in mainland China.

"I am pleased to report that everyone quarantined at CFB Trenton is healthy with no symptoms of novel coronavirus infections", Tam said.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the US' plans.

Tam said there are eight people in Canada who have tested positive for the virus, following news on Friday that a new case was discovered in British Columbia. All but four of the new deaths were in Hubei.

The number of new cases across China, including in Hubei, have been falling, said Chinese National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng, who noted that doctors in the worst-hit province had broadened their diagnosis criteria for patients suspected of suffering from the disease and were able to treat them more quickly.

"The effects of our counter-coronavirus measures in every part of the country are already becoming apparent", Mi said.

The letter also states that those US citizens who choose not to return via the charter plane "will not be able to return to the United States for a period of time".

"So far, we have conducted tests for 1,219 individuals".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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