Coronavirus: the United States will evacuate Americans in quarantine on a cruise ship in Japan

Tokyo | The United States plan to evacuate the Americans on board the cruise liner, Diamond Princess, maintained since the beginning of February in quarantine in Japan due to the presence of the case of coronavirus on board, announced on Saturday that the embassy of the United States.

Washington has indicated in a letter addressed to the us nationals present on the ship of its intention to send a plane on Sunday, adding that these people will have to comply with a quarantine additional 14 days of their arrival in the United States.

The date of departure of this aircraft for the United States is not specified but the letter, posted on the website of the embassy of the United States, Japan, indicates that it will land on the air force base in Travis, California.

“The passengers will be examined to detect any symptoms and we are working with our japanese partners to ensure that any passenger with symptoms will receive the necessary care in Japan if it is not in a state to take the plane”, one can read.

“If you choose not to climb aboard that plane, it will not be possible to return to the United States for a period of time,” continued the message.

A little more than 3700 people were originally aboard the vessel when it arrived off Yokohama, near Tokyo, but more than 200 people have been diagnosed carrier of the new coronavirus and hospitalized.

Of travellers with other conditions requiring medical care have also been landed.

Those who are still on board should continue the quarantine expected until 19 February.