Fourteen Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess test positive on covid-19

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Fourteen US nationals who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship and were repatriated from Japan tested positive for covid-19, the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Resources reported in a joint statement.

“During the evacuation process, after the passengers disembarked and began the transfer to the airport, US officials received a warning that 14 passengers, who had been examined 2 or 3 days before, had tested positive for covid-19. individuals were transferred in the fastest and safest way to a specialized containment area in the evacuation aircraft to isolate them according to standard protocols, “the statement said.
Upon arrival in the US, repatriated passengers will disembark at Travis air base (California) or at the joint base in San Antonio (Texas) and will remain in quarantine for 14 days.
People who develop symptoms during the flight and those who have already tested positive will remain isolated on board and will be transferred to an appropriate place for continuous isolation and attention.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship with more than 3,700 people on board departed from Yokohama on January 20 and returned to the port on February 3 after several stops.

The Japanese authorities declared a quarantine on the ship after it was revealed that a passenger who got off in Hong Kong had the virus.

Prior to the announcement made by the US authorities, 355 infections were registered on board.

Currently the Diamond Princess is the main focus of the spread of the coronavirus outside of China.

In addition to the US, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia decided to send charter flights to Japan to pick up their citizens stranded aboard the cruise.

In late 2019, China reported an outbreak of pneumonia caused by a new strain of coronavirus in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

Called as SARS-CoV-2, the virus crossed China’s borders and was detected in more than 25 countries to date.

Globally, the new coronavirus infected more than 71,000 people and caused 1,775 deaths, including five outside of mainland China.

On January 30, the World Health Organization decreed an international emergency for the spread of the new coronavirus.

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