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Joanna Estrada
February 17, 2020

The Washington Post reports that Fauci told them 44 Americans who were traveling on the ship had tested positive for the disease.

The Indian Embassy here said in a statement that 99 new positive cases on-board Diamond Princess have been confirmed on February 17, bringing the total number to 454.

"The four Indian crew members who earlier tested positive continue to receive treatment". It said the condition of all Indian nationals being treated for COVID-19 was stable and improving.

Almost 400 Americans and their families were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner when cases of the coronavirus began to be reported in early February.

Outside China, the ship has had the largest number of cases of the COVID-19 illness caused by the virus that emerged in China late a year ago.

"The embassy is in constant touch with on board Indian nationals who are successfully braving out the situation and understand public health safety in such situations", the statement said. A bus believed to carry the USA passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess leave the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan on February 17, 2020.

Despite passengers' spending two weeks confined to their cabins, some of which were windowless, Australian health officials said a further quarantine period was necessary.

If any of the evacuees starts developing symptoms on board the plane, they will be segregated, according to the health official.

Earlier, Japans' Ministry of Defense said via Twitter it helped escort some 340 US nationals and their luggage on 14 buses from the Diamond Princess to Tokyo International Airport. The US passengers were taken to either Travis Air Force Base in California or Joint Base San Antonio in Texas, and they will remain under quarantine for an additional 14 days. Then reality hit: After 12 days stuck on the cruise ship as more and more people tested positive for the virus, they would now be sharing a plane with those carrying the same pathogen they were desperate to escape.

About 456 suspected cases of coronavirus in total have come from the ship which already had quarantined 3,600 people onboard over fears.

The viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 67,000 people globally, mostly in the central Chinese province of Hubei.

Many countries have banned arrivals from China while major airlines have suspended flights to the country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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