Japan: US citizens leave quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise ship

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US citizens quarantined aboard Diamond Princess Cruise ship docked in Yokahoma, were evacuated from the vessel on Sunday, and boarded busses headed to Haneda International Airport to be flown back to the United States.

According to the US Embassy in Japan, the passengers being evacuated will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus before boarding a US chartered flight heading either to Travis Air Force Base in California or Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for a 14-day quarantine.

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship was quarantined when it arrived in Yokohama early last week after it emerged that some passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong last month tested positive for the flu-like respiratory illness. So far, 355 people from the ship have tested positive for the new virus that began in China, including 70 new cases found on Sunday.

According to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 1,600 lives and infected more than 69,000 worldwide.

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