14 new Cruise ship Coronavirus Americans aboard the US chartered flights evacuating Americans and their families from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for novel coronavirus, however, a top U.S. health official recently declared that more than 40 Americans aboard a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Nearly 400 U.S. citizens are aboard the Diamond Princess. According to Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Cruise Ship Coronavirus Americans reached 44. Actually 44 Americans on the cruise ship have been infected, though not all are sick.
Another 70 cases of the coronavirus infection have been confirmed aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, currently isolated in Japan, according to Japanese health officials.
This brings the total number of cases aboard the vessel as of Sunday to 355, the largest confirmed cluster outside mainland China. People with confirmed infections have been taken to hospitals in Japan.
After the ship’s two weeks of quarantine at sea, officials from different countries, including Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, and South Korea, are in the process of extracting their citizens from the vessel. The Diamond Princess is reported to have around 3,700 passengers and crew members. Approximately half the passengers are from Japan.
Above all, two State Department-chartered flight carrying Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Coronavirus Americans arrived at Travis Air Force Base in California and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas early Monday morning.
Hundreds of American passengers who had been quarantined on the cruise ship left Japan Monday on the two planes en route to the United States with those 14 of the passengers infected and isolated in a “specialized containment area.”
Americans who are sick will stay in Japan to be treated. Those who are not infected are not asked to board the U.S. chartered flight, although the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo has recommended that U.S. citizens get off the ship as quickly as possible and take the chartered flight home.
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US officials were informed that they had tested positive for coronavirus throughout the evacuation process after passengers had disembarked the ship, the agencies stated in the common statement Monday.
The passengers had been tested two to three days before the evacuation flights, the statement announced.”After meeting with HHS officials, including experts from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the State Department made the decision to allow the 14 individuals, who were in isolation, separated from other passengers, and continued to be asymptomatic, to remain on the aircraft to complete the evacuation process,” the agencies said.
One charter flight carrying evacuated Americans arrived at Travis Air Force Base near Fairfield, California, around 11:28 p.m. local time Sunday. A second arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas at 3:56 a.m. local time Monday.
The passengers who tested positive were isolated from the other passengers during the flights, the statement said. And all passengers are being “closely monitored” throughout the flight.”Anywho become symptomatic will be moved to the specialized containment area, where they will be treated,” the statement said.
After the flights land, any passengers that developed symptoms on the flights and those who had already tested positive will be transported to “an appropriate location for continued isolation and care.”
“We’re excited and relieved,” John Montgomery, a passenger on the Diamond Princess, said. “The fact that we’re going back to the United States to have a quarantine, we feel there’s a much better situation.”
Montgomery is accompanied by his wife, Carol, who is also a U.S. citizen. He explained that they both “feel fine” and are prepared to remain in quarantine after returning to the United States.
“We understand why through an abundance of caution that additional testing and evaluation and quarantine would guarantee that we’re not bringing it back to the States,” Montgomery added.
Thousands of people worldwide have been infected by the coronavirus, with the majority of cases in mainland China. More than 1,600 people have passed away from the virus, which has spread to more than 24 countries.
Some of the confirmed cases are on their second or third transmission, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, adding that while the coronavirus isn’t technically a global pandemic, it is trending that way.
“The [World Health Organization] wouldn’t be calling this a global pandemic,” he stated. “But it certainly is on the verge of that happening reasonably soon unless containment is more successful than it is right now.”
In the U.S., there are 15 confirmed cases, but none of the patients are said to be suffering from serious symptoms.