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US News Americans leave coronavirus cruise ship as Britons claim 'we've been forgotten'

09:30  17 february  2020
09:30  17 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Six thousand people on board a cruise ship in Italy have been allowed to disembark after health officials said a Chinese passenger who had symptoms of coronavirus had tested negative. The woman who was suspected of being infected had reportedly flown from Hong Kong to join the cruise

Britons could face two more weeks trapped onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship as Japan updates its The US is sending planes to evacuate about 400 of its citizens from the ship , who will Despite a surge in sales of face masks in the aftermath of the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak

a group of people sitting around a car: Some of the American cruise ship passengers have been repatriated © Reuters Some of the American cruise ship passengers have been repatriated The US has evacuated some of its citizens from a cruise ship quarantined over coronavirus fears.

Two charter flights carrying some of the 380 Americans on board the Diamond Princess ship moored at Yokohama Port near Tokyo had left Japan for America on Sunday, the US State Department said.

Once back in the US, the repatriated passengers will have to spend another two weeks in quarantine at a US military facility.

Of the 3,500 people on board the ship, 355 have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

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Hundreds of American passengers were poised to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan, as local health authorities said The US embassy in Tokyo said passengers and crew onboard the ship were at high risk of exposure to the virus and it recommended its citizens take

A British couple in quarantine on board a cruise ship in Japan have begged British authorities to get them home, as coronavirus cases on board the Diamond Princess rise. David Abel has been documenting his experience on board the ship

One US couple, Cheryl and Paul Molesky, filmed themselves boarding the flight after being kept inside their cabin for 12 days.

"Well we're exhausted but we're on the plane and that's a good feeling," Mrs Molesky said.

Watch: Briton describes cruise quarantine (Sky News)

Her husband added they had spent "five hours on the bus, waiting to get off the bus" before boarding the flight.

Canada, Hong Kong and Italy are also planning similar repatriation flights.

Meanwhile, Britons held on the ship have accused the UK government of "forgetting" about them.

Watch: US couple to be evacuated from cruise ship (Sky News)

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In a video message, British passenger David Abel said: "Every country except the UK has become involved, and that is really wonderful for the people on board the ship.

"Every country except for the United Kingdom.

"It feels that we've been forgotten. That you don't really care about us, and that you're actually not wanting us to come home."

Fellow Briton Alan Steele, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 and taken to hospital while celebrating his honeymoon on the cruise ship, said it was time for Boris Johnson to "get the Brits back".

a person sitting at night: Evacuated US passengers seen on a shuttle bus © Reuters Evacuated US passengers seen on a shuttle bus

Mr Steele, who has since tested negative for the disease, posted on Facebook: "I think it is about time boris got the brits back to england as the japanese are being totally incompetent and do not realise you cannot keep ppl in solitary confinement for 28 days without damaging their mental health. [sic]

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A Briton stranded on a coronavirus -infected cruise ship off Japan said today he has 'never felt Ambulance workers wearing protective suits leave the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship . It feels that we have been forgotten that you don't really care about us and that you're actually not

More than 200 coronavirus cases have been confirmed on the ship since it was quarantined last American officials said they saw no need to evacuate citizens from a quarantined cruise ship in “This is what we ’ ve been asking for, because we never felt quarantine on this ship was safe,” she said.

"What does WHO [World Health Organisation] have to say about this and I am sure cruel punishment like this has to be illegal."

The latest coronavirus developments:

  • Chinese authorities have said there were 2,048 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 105 new deaths on Sunday in mainland China.
  • Taiwan has reported its first death from the virus, bringing the total number of deaths outside mainland China to five.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has convened a meeting of experts to discuss how the virus can be contained in his country, after more than a dozens cases emerged in recent days without any obvious link to China.
  • China's President Xi has published a speech in Chinese official media in which he said that he had led the response to the outbreak from early in the crisis.
a person standing in front of a curtain: Alan Steele with his wife on their wedding day © Other Alan Steele with his wife on their wedding day

News agency PA understands that the UK government is considering a repatriation flight.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We sympathise with all those caught up in this extremely difficult situation.

"We are urgently considering all options to guarantee the health and safety of the British people on board the Diamond Princess, in line with the latest advice from the Chief Medical Officer and the World Health Organisation, and are working closely with the Japanese authorities and our international partners.

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"Our staff in Tokyo, including the ambassador, have been in regular contact with the British passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess and we have also been speaking to families in the UK."

Other passengers fear they may be kept in quarantine beyond the initial 19 February deadline, after Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said the quarantine may be extended for guests who had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

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Ms Swartz said: "We also now understand the Japanese may handle a select group of guests differently, anyone who had close contact with a person who tested positive - such as a cabin mate - may have to restart their quarantine from the date their close contact ended."

It comes as the death toll from COVID-19 hit more than 1,773, according to the Johns Hoskins Centre for Systems Science and Engineering.

So far there have been more than 71,000 suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19, with many of the cases concentrated in mainland China.

What the papers say – February 25 .
The front pages are dominated by a disgraced film producer’s guilty verdict and a deadly viral outbreak.The Financial Times says investors have been forced to “run for cover” after global markets “tumbled sharply” in response to a spike in virus cases outside China.

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