Americans evacuated from Diamond Princess to go back into quarantine

China | 17 Feb 2020 9:13 am

An American couple from Syracuse, New York, made the decision to cut short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship operatd by Carnival Corp in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be flown back to the United States. But they knew that if they were allowed to leave the ship, they would have to spend another two-week quarantine period at a U.S. military facility to make sure they don’t have the new virus that’s been sweeping across Asia.

About 380 Americans were on the cruise ship. The Japanese defense ministry said around 300 of them had been making plans to leave. Some Americans disembarked Sunday night and boarded buses to take them to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The U.S. State Department said later that two charter flights carrying cruise ship passengers had departed Tokyo and were on their way to the United States.

Canada, Hong Kong and Italy said they were planning similar flights of passengers.

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said Washington was evacuating the Americans because the passengers and crew members on board the Diamond Princess were at a high risk of exposure to the virus.-AP


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