Japan confirms 99 more cases of new virus on cruise ship

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Fourteen Americans who were evacuated from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday.

Global Affairs said the passengers would be screened before boarding the plane, and those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will be transferred to the Japanese health-care system. They will potentially be cleared to leave the ship in a matter of days, but they will not be allowed to reenter the US until March 4. It is not yet clear whether this flight was the one that landed at Travis or the second plane that headed to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.

The two-week quarantine on the Diamond Princess would have been done as early as Wednesday. More than 1,200 individuals on the cruise boat, which had 3,700 passengers and crew on board, were analyzed since the quarantine started - 355 of these have tested positive for the virus, such as some Americans.

The Diamond Princess ship is reported to have the largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside China.

The Foreign Office has come under mounting pressure to evacuate British nationals from the ship which has had more than 450 cases of coronavirus on board.

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Those who make it onto the plane will be brought to Canadian Forces Base Trenton in southern Ontario, the government said. The expert joins an worldwide team in Japan to gather information about the passengers on board.


Health officials maintained that isolating Ilyina was a necessary measure to stop the virus from spreading, claiming it can be latent in a person for up to 24 days.

"They kept saying that they knew we've been through a great ordeal and how stressed out we were and now we are safe", she told CNN. Japanese authorities announced Thursday tentative plans to allow those who remain on the ship to disembark and finish their isolation period on land.

Of the new cases, 94% of them are in China's Hubei province, which has been the center for the outbreak. It's unclear exactly how many US citizens have tested positive for the virus other than the 46 reportedly infected. Many of them remain in hospitals around Japan. And about 5% of patients have critical disease including respiratory failure, septic shock and multi-organ failure.

"It is what it is", she said.

"We need to make sure we focus on our public health objective, which is to contain the virus, and not to contain the people", she said.

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Vergeire said there will likely be additional protocols or guidelines for the Filipinos on the cruise ship.

"We need to reflect on the fact that the vast majority of these cases are within China", said Dr. Michael Ryan, the head of WHO's health emergencies program.

"It's obvious now, there had been debate over whether we were being confined and protected properly, and it looks like we weren't", Rodrigue said, adding that passengers allegedly did not receive the proper masks for days.

"We're all going to be breathing the same air, whereas on the ship, we're breathing fresh air", she said. Do we shut down the buses around the world? "And so we can minimize the risk of them transmitting the disease to others".

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