Americans on the coronavirus-struck Diamond Princess cruise ship will be flown back to US to face another two-week quarantine
The US State Department will fly Americans who have been quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan back to the US, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Americans, who have already faced a two-week quarantine for the coronavirus, will face another 14-day quarantine at Air Forces bases in California when they return. The flights are expected to arrive in the US as early as Sunday, according to the report. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
The United States State Department has sponsored two planes to bring back Americans who have been stuck aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan following a 14-day quarantine for the coronavirus, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The luxury cruise ship had been slated to dock on February 4 but plans changed when 10 passengers tested positive for the virus. At least 285 cases of the coronavirus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in the Hubei province, have since been diagnosed on the ship. The ship's outbreak is among the largest cases outside of China. The Japanese government even provided iPhones to each cabin on the Diamond Princess — docked in the city of Yokohama — so quarantined passengers could use an app to request medication and talk to doctors. The American extraction effort is expected to occur as early as Sunday, the report said. Nearly 67,000 people have been infected globally, but nearly all of those cases have been in China. In total, the ship is carrying around 3,500 passengers, including about 380 Americans and their families, the WSJ reported. On Thursday, the Japanese Health Ministry announced it would allow some elderly passengers without signs of the virus off of the ship before the rest of the passengers. The American passengers will likely travel to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, just outside of Sacramento, Henry Walke, the director of the CDC's Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections, told the WSJ. Some passengers will then face a two-week quarantine at the base, Wilke told the WSJ, though according to an email received by passengers, there are conflicting reports that passengers could face the 14-day quarantine at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, California, where about 230 Americans who recently traveled to Wuhan, China are already being quarantined. The incoming US citizens from the Diamond Princess will be housed separately from the previous group of quarantined, Walke told the WSJ. There are about 600 total people on Military bases throughout the US under quarantine over fears of the virus. US citizens aboard the ship who had previously tested positive for the virus, but have since tested negative following treatment at hospitals, may also be allowed to return on the State Department-sponsored flights. If Americans currently test positive for the virus, or exhibit symptoms like a fever or cough, they will not be allowed on the flight and will remain in Japan for medical treatment. Busses will reportedly take the passengers from the ship to the airport Sunday evening local time, according to the report. It is believed the virus first appeared on the ship when a passenger exited the ship and Hong Kong, though as the WSJ noted, it's unclear how the virus spread to so many people on board the vessel. The State Department did not return a Business Insider request for comment. Read more: The US military has set up 15 coronavirus quarantine camps on its bases, and 600 citizens are still isolated there China's unprecedented quarantine of 11 million people in Wuhan is 3 weeks old. Here's what it's like in the isolated city. We may be 1.5 years away from a coronavirus vaccine, the World Health Organization said. Here's why it might take so long to develop. Europe just had its 1st death from the coronavirus after a Chinese tourist died in FranceJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at Costco
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A passenger who was on a Princess cruise has died of the coronavirus in California. The ship is headed for San Francisco, but Gov. Newsom said it won't dock.
The Grand Princess cruise ship is expected to arrive off the coast of San Francisco on...The Grand Princess cruise ship is expected to arrive off the coast of San Francisco on Thursday as the CDC investigates a "small cluster" of coronavirus cases associated with its previous voyage. The first patient to die of the new coronavirus in California was on the Grand Princess from February 11 to 21. The ship is from the same cruise line as the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined for more than two weeks in the port of Yokohama, Japan. It is not yet clear whether Grand Princess passengers or crew will face a similar quarantine. The ship will not initially be allowed to dock in the port of San Francisco, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider's live updates here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A coronavirus patient who had recently traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship has died in California, the state confirmed, and the ship is now headed for San Francisco. The Grand Princess is expected to arrive near the city on Thursday afternoon. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the ship will be held off the coast. He also declared a state of emergency for California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a "small cluster" of cases connected to the ship, according to a statement that the company, Princess Cruises, sent to passengers on Wednesday. Some passengers have started to show symptoms, Newsom said. Instead of heading to Ensenada, Mexico, as scheduled, the ship is cutting its voyage short. The Grand Princess is from the same line as the Diamond Princess, which hosted one of the largest outbreaks of the new coronavirus outside China. More than 700 people who were on board the Diamond Princess tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus. The ship sat in the port of Yokohama, Japan, for weeks as the local government placed everyone on board under quarantine. Newsom said the Grand Princess will not initially be allowed to dock in the port of San Francisco, and that officials will instead fly coronavirus tests out to the ship. "The CDC is continuing to actively collect information and has set up a meeting with us this morning to determine what, if any, actions need to be taken during this cruise and on arrival in San Francisco," the cruise line said on Wednesday. "We have shared essential travel and health data with the CDC to facilitate their standard notification to the State and County health authorities to follow up with individuals who may have been exposed to people who became ill." It added: "We anticipate that further review of the situation will be necessary on arrival in San Francisco." Next steps for the Grand Princess are not yet clear The patient who died of the coronavirus in California was on the Grand Princess from February 11 to 21. At least one other confirmed coronavirus case in California — a person in Sonoma County — was on the cruise at the same time as the patient who died. Some passengers still on board were also on that trip. "For those guests who sailed with us on our previous voyage and may have been exposed, in an abundance of caution, the CDC requires you to remain in your stateroom until you have been contacted and cleared by our medical staff," the company said. It is not clear yet whether other passengers — those not on the previous voyage — were also asked to stay in their rooms. Newsom said state authorities are following up with the other passengers who were on the previous voyage but left when that cruise ended. Experts have criticized the way Japan's government quarantined Diamond Princess passengers and crew on that ship. "I admit, our isolation policy was not perfect," Shigeru Omi, a health adviser to the Japanese government, said at a press conference on February 24. "No place is perfect except in a hospital." It is not yet known what the CDC plans to do if more people on the Grand Princess test positive for COVID-19. The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Princess Cruises. "We are closely recording and monitoring all persons who have reported to the medical center with cold and flu symptoms during the voyage. As a precaution, we are also conducting additional enhanced environmental disinfection onboard in addition to our regular stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols," Princess Cruises said in its statement to passengers. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 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The number of coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan nearly doubles as passengers report going 'stir crazy' under quarantine
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship nearly doubled on Monday...The number of confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship nearly doubled on Monday — from 70 cases to 130. Japan's TBS News first reported on the new cases, citing Japan's health ministry. Communist Party-linked People's Daily also confirmed the news on Twitter. 60 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed on Monday. The ship was placed on a two-week quarantine upon arrival in Yokohama on February 3. Princess Cruises, which owns Diamond Princess, said on Sunday it would offer a full refund to all passengers aboard the quarantined ship. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently quarantined near Tokyo has risen to 130. Japanese and Chinese sources confirmed on Monday that 60 new cases of the coronavirus were discovered, a major jump from the 70 cases previously confirmed. The ship was placed on a two-week quarantine upon arrival in Yokohama on February 3. Japan's TBS News first reported on the new cases, citing Japan's health ministry. Communist Party-linked People's Daily also confirmed the news on Twitter. There are about 3,700 passengers and crew aboard the ship operated by Princess Cruises. According to The New York Times, the ship now hosts the highest concentration of coronavirus cases outside of China. Passengers on the ship have described feeling "stir crazy" as they wait out the quarantine in isolation. A passenger who asked to be identified only as Shannon told Business Insider's Sarah Al-Arshani that information about what is happening on board has been scarce. "I feel completely lost at sea," she said. "It's my first and possibly last cruise." On February 6, Princess Cruises announced that the quarantine would end on February 19 "unless there are any other unforeseen developments." It is unclear whether the quarantine will be extended due to the influx of new cases. Princess Cruises also confirmed that several internationals on board had contracted the virus, including guests from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the US. The cruise company said on Sunday that it would offer a full refund to all passengers aboard the quarantined ship. "Because of the extraordinary circumstances onboard Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises will refund the full cruise fare for all guests including air travel, hotel, ground transportation, pre-paid shore excursions, gratuities and other items. In addition, guests will not be charged for any onboard incidental charges during the additional time onboard." Another cruise ship, The World Dream, also quarantined passengers over coronavirus fears. The ship allowed passengers to disembark in Hong Kong on Sunday after crew members tested negative for the virus. The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 900 people and infected more than 40,000 people internationally as of Monday.SEE ALSO: 2 cruise ships have been quarantined over the coronavirus: 1 released its passengers, the other is seeing more people get sick Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the network
A cruise passenger quarantined on a coronavirus-stricken ship is now wondering if the best way off is just to get sick
Some of the unluckiest people caught up in the coronavirus outbreak are passengers on the Diamond...Some of the unluckiest people caught up in the coronavirus outbreak are passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise liner. The ship has been quarantined off Japan after 64 infections, and will be there for weeks more. Its 14-day quarantine resets every time a new case is confirmed. One passenger told The Washington Post that she's starting to think that getting the virus might not be so bad because at least she could leave. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. An American trapped on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan is starting to wonder if getting the virus might be the easy way out. Speaking to The Washington Post, she wondered whether the only good way off the ship would be among the infected. As of late Friday, 64 people on the Diamond Princess have tested positive. The other 3,500 or so people on board are stuck in a 14-day quarantine, which starts again from the beginning every time a new case is found. Vana Mendizabal is on the ship with her husband. She told the Post that her travel insurance won't evacuate her unless she gets sick. "We just want to get off the ship," she said. The cruise was supposed to end on February 4, and has now lasted three days more than scheduled. The earliest the general ship's population will be let go is February 19. Mendizabal and other passengers are now left to find ways to pass the time, while running out of snacks, water and clothes. In the first few days, many trapped on board took to social media to share their experience. One passenger, who spoke to Business Insider and asked that she be referred to only as Shannon, said the quarantine is becoming less bearable as time passes. According to the Post, many on board worry that the quarantine is just multiplying the chances that they will eventually get sick. Mendizabal told the Post that her desperation to get off the ship really hit when a friend on board found out her mom died, but couldn't go to her. The Daily Telegraph reported that the World Health Organization will reset the two-week quarantine every time a new case is confirmed on the ship. "At the moment every time there's a new case the quarantine extends 14 days, so we need to find a way to break that vicious cycle and find a way of organising the patients on board in a way that we can get people off the ship in due course, " Dr Michael Ryan, executive director at the WHO Health Emergencies Programme told the newspaper. Read more: Passengers on the cruise ship quarantined off Japan over the coronavirus are 'stir crazy' in cramped rooms and say they're being fed stale bread Coronavirus is spreading fast on a cruise ship of 3,700 people quarantined off Japan, where 61 people have tested positive so far The Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 720 people and infected more than 34,500. Here's everything we know about the outbreak. Japan quarantined a cruise ship with 3,700 people onboard after one passenger contracted the Wuhan coronavirus. Here's what it's like onboard. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at Costco