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Travel 67 new cases of coronavirus confirmed on cruise ship that has quarantined Americans

23:35  15 february  2020
23:35  15 february  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The cruise line and Japanese officials have not yet revealed the breakdown of passengers with the RELATED: 3 Americans Test Positive for Coronavirus Aboard Quarantined Cruise Ship . Thus far, there have been 13 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., seven of which are in California.

More cases : The novel coronavirus has now infected more than 67 ,000 people globally, the vast Malaysia has confirmed two new novel coronavirus cases , raising the total confirmed cases in the Passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship , which has been docked in quarantine in

Sixty-seven new cases of coronavirus were confirmed on the Diamond Princess cruise ship Saturday, as the U.S. government is set to evacuate Americans who have been quarantined since last week.

a truck that is sitting on a bus: A bus leaves a port where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo.© Jae C. Hong/AP A bus leaves a port where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

A statement from Princess Cruises on the new cases said the cruise line is following guidance from Japan's Ministry of Health on plans for "disembarkation protocols to provide medical care" for those infected. Five of the new cases involve American citizens.

Officials announced a chartered aircraft is expected to arrive in Japan on the evening of Feb. 16.

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An additional 44 people on the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of onboard

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A letter from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo was sent to passengers on the ship Friday, informing them that they'll have the opportunity to leave the ship soon. More than 3,000 passengers and crew members were put under quarantine when dozens of fellow passengers began testing positive.

"This is a dynamic situation. We are deeply grateful to the cruise line and government of Japan for working diligently to contain and control the spread of the illness," the U.S. letter to cruise ship passengers said. "However, to fulfill our government's responsibilities to U.S. citizens under our rules and practices, as well as to reduce the burden on the Japanese healthcare system, the U.S. government recommends, out of an abundance of caution, that U.S. citizens disembark and return to the United States for further monitoring."

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The U.S. says it will evacuate Americans from the cruise ship quarantined off Japan. China reports more than 2,000 new cases and 139 deaths, most in France’s health minister, Agnès Buzyn, said on Saturday that a 80-year-old Chinese tourist had died of coronavirus on Friday at a hospital in Paris.

Some confirmed cases with serious symptoms have been transferred to two newly built hospitals dedicated to treating coronavirus patients. Some say that the lack of medical care in the makeshift quarantine centers has only made their illnesses worse.

Once the aircraft arrives, passengers and their belongings will be bused from the ship to the planes. There, passengers will be screened for symptoms to see if they are able to fly home or must remain in Japan.

"We are working with our Japanese partners to ensure that any symptomatic passengers receive the required care in Japan if they cannot board the flight," the letter said.

There are around 400 Americans on board the Diamond Princess.

Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the government is working with the U.S. on the disembarkation of the passengers.

"The Government of Japan believes that the measures taken by the U.S. Government will help mitigate the Government of Japan’s burden regarding medical response in the 'Diamond Princess' and appreciates such measures," the statement read.

The plane with evacuated passengers will land at Travis Air Force Base in California, with some passengers continuing to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

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Japan confirmed 39 new cases of the coronavirus , or COVID-19, on a cruise ship quarantined at one of its ports, bringing the total number Japan confirmed 66 new cases Monday and said officials may test everyone aboard the ship . The American -based ship had completed a 14-day cruise in

BREAKING NEWS: 67 more found infected with coronavirus on cruise ship near Tokyo. TOKYO - The U.S. government will send chartered aircraft to Japan to evacuate American citizens and their families from a coronavirus -hit cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo, its embassy said Saturday

a large sign on the side of a building: FILE A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passengers continue to be tested for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 13, 2020.© Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters FILE A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passengers continue to be tested for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 13, 2020.

Once on the ground, passengers are required to undergo to be quarantined for 14 days, officials said.

"We understand this is frustrating and an adjustment, but these measures are consistent with the careful policies we have instituted to limit the potential spread of the disease," the letter said.

If passengers on board the Diamond Princess choose not to be evacuated, the U.S. government said they would be "unable to return to the United States for a period of time."

Since the Diamond Princess arrived at the port of Yokohama in Japan on Feb. 3, at least 285 people on board have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the first coronavirus death in Europe was reported Saturday in France.

"I was informed last night of the death of the 80-year-old patient who had been hospitalized at the Bichât hospital (Paris) since Jan. 25, and who had a coronavirus pulmonary infection," French Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said at a press conference Saturday morning. "He had been hospitalized at Bichât hospital with strict isolation ... His condition had deteriorated rapidly and he had been in critical condition for several days in intensive care."

Buzyn said the victim's daughter was also admitted, but her health isn't cause for concern and she should be released soon. France has 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to Buzyn.

"We must prepare our health system to face a possible pandemic diffusion of the virus and, therefore a circulation of the virus on the national territory," she said.

The coronavirus, which has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization, has spread rapidly in the China.

As of midnight Friday, there are 66,491 coronavirus cases in mainland China, with 2,641 new cases reported in the last day. There have also been 1,523 coronavirus-related deaths in the country.

More than 67,000 people have been infected globally.

In the U.S., there are only 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

ABC News' Conor Finnegan, Ibtissem Guenfoud, Morgan Winsor, Erin Schumaker and Ella Torres contributed to this report.

People on a remote tropical island violently protested a sister cruise ship to the Diamond Princess stopping there, despite no known coronavirus cases on board .
Réunion Island residents threw stones and bottles at buses carrying the Sun Princess passengers into town. Police responded with tear gas.The Sun Princess was allowed to dock at the French territory of Réunion Island on Sunday, but passengers departing the ship by bus were met with stones and bottles thrown by about 30 protesters, local news agency Imaz Press Réunion reported.

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