Fourteen Americans that were one of the countless evacuated by a quarantined cruise boat off Yokohama, Japan Sunday have tested positive for the novel coronavirus that has claimed more than 1,700 lives at an increasing epidemic in China. More than 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate relatives that were passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise boat were removed the boat and repatriated back into the U.S. on 2 charter flights. In a statement released early Monday, the U.S. State Department spokesperson stated American evacuees were deemed asymptomatic and match to fly before being processed for evacuation.
However during the evacuation procedure, after passengers had abandoned the boat and gone into the airport, U.S. officials received a note that 14 passengers, that were analyzed two to three times before, had tested positive for COVID-19, the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus. “These people were moved into the most expeditious and safe way to some technical containment place on the aircraft to isolate them according to standard protocols,” that the State Department’s spokesperson stated from the statement. The spokesperson stated the State Department chose to permit the 14 people, who had been in isolation, separated from other passengers and continued to be asymptomatic, to stay on the aircraft to complete the evacuation procedure after an appointment with wellness officials. The Diamond Princess has been around quarantine since Feb. 3 following a guy who disembarked at Hong Kong was diagnosed with the virus. More than 1,200 individuals on the cruise boat, which had 3,700 passengers and crew on board, were analyzed since the quarantine started — 355 of these have tested positive for the virus, such as some Americans. Japan’s health ministry affirmed 70 added coronavirus instances on board the boat Sunday. The State Department reported all passengers evacuated Sunday were carefully monitored by medical professionals during the flight and some who become symptomatic were moved to a technical containment area. One of those airplanes landed at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California ancient Monday. Upon landing at the U.S., passengers will get off at Travis Air Force Base or even Joint Base San Antonio in San Antonia, Texas, where they will remain under quarantine for 14 days. “Passengers that create signs in flight and those who have positive test results will stay isolated on the flights and are hauled to a proper place for continuing isolation and attention,” the division’s spokesperson said, without elaborating on exactly what that place may be. They were also exposed to a compulsory 14-day quarantine in military bases upon birth from the U.S.Canada, Hong Kong and Italy also have been making attempts to evacuate their citizens out of the quarantined cruise boat.