USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday announced plans to evacuate the US citizens, who are encouraged to disembark the quarantined ship, the Diamond Princess, and fly to the States on planes chartered by the US State Department.
The aircraft will arrive in Japan on the evening of February 16.
Upon their return, the Americans are going to be subject to a 14-day federal quarantine in one among two military bases.
Everyone aboard the Diamond Princess has been under quarantine on the ship in Yokohama, Japan (south of Tokyo), since February 3.
At the beginning of the quarantine, there have been 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew onboard the ship. Since then, 285 cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) are identified, consistent with the newest figures reported by the planet Health Organization.
The outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the Diamond Princess is currently the most important of any cluster outside of China. Singapore is the country with the subsequent largest cluster, reporting 72 cases.
The mission to repatriate the citizens trapped stumped is meant to fulfill our responsibilities to US citizens, also to reduce the burden on the Japanese healthcare system, the CDC said during a statement.
The cruise liner passengers’ hellish experience began after a previous passenger from Hong Kong tested positive for the newly-identified coronavirus on February 1.
The person had sailed an initial segment of the ship’s 14-day, round-trip voyage from Yokohama, which began January 20.
During the quarantine, which was scheduled to last until February 19, passengers have largely been confined to their cabins. Some have reported problems with the delivery of food and supplies, like diapers.
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