Another 70 people test positive for coronavirus on ship in Japan

Elias Hubbard
February 17, 2020

The U.S. government said Americans aboard the ship would be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday, but that they will face another two-week quarantine once they return. Those who test positive are being moved to Japanese hospitals for treatment.

Once off the ship and back in U.S., Spencer will then go through another 14 days of quarantine. The rising number of sick will likely extend the quarantine.

In what is the largest concentration of people infected with coronavirus outside China, 285 people on the ship have tested positive for COVID-19 following the discovery of 67 new cases Saturday.

"The degree of transmissibility on that cruise ship is essentially akin to being in a hot spot", Fauci, who is also a member of the White House task force for coronavirus, told CBS. There are some 3,700 passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess, including 15 Israelis.

Global health officials say they have no way of knowing yet how far the epidemic is going to spread.

Their motivations to stay behind varied. But those carrying the virus will be admitted to Japanese hospitals.

Meanwhile, Japan has seen 53 infections, including a dozen new cases reported on Saturday and 13 cases among more than 760 Japanese nationals and their relatives repatriated from Wuhan, China.

Americans Cheryl and Paul Molesky made a decision to trade one coronavirus quarantine for another.

"We are planning a potential operation to bring them home", Hunt told the Seven network.

"The biggest challenge has been the uncertainty", she added.

"The Americans are in the process of leaving the ship now", he continued, with pictures emerging shortly afterwards showing a convoy of waiting coaches. South Korea is also considering options for transporting its citizens. According to the World Health Organization, more than 200 people from the cruise have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Overall, Japan has 413 confirmed cases of the virus, including one death.

"The results were the same". Japan now has the second-highest number of cases (behind Singapore) outside of China. "I don't care if I'm there for a month, but why leave us here, why not update us with what's happening?"

About 380 Americans were on the cruise ship.

Canada's federal government has chartered a plane to evacuate Canadians quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan amid an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. About 1000 people remain on the ship, with the rest on their way home. He added two medical officers from the Canadian Armed Forces were expected to be deployed in the coming days.

"Public health, top of mind". That night, charter flights that were originally scheduled to take Westerdam passengers to Kuala Lumpur were cancelled by Malaysian authorities. "Why would I want to be put on a bus and a plane with other people they think may be infected when I have spent almost two weeks isolated from those people?" tweeted Matt Smith, an American lawyer on the ship with his wife.

Within China, authorities reported 2,009 new cases on Sunday, noting that this was down from more than 2,600 the previous day. Several cities in the central region have declared strict "wartime measures" that allow residents to leave their homes only several times a week and upon approval from neighbourhood authorities.

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The death toll jumped to 1,665 in mainland China after 142 more people died from the virus.

"The effect of the coronavirus controls is appearing", Mi Feng, spokesman for the Health Commission, told reporters. "If there are secondary infections on board, this is why".

"We must anticipate a spread of infections from now and must build medical systems and so on to focus efforts to prevent people from becoming gravely ill or dying", the Japanese health minister, Katsunobu Kato, said.

Passengers will be screened before boarding the plane.

"We just feel like we're kept in the dark", Melbourne woman Vera Koslova-Fu said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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