The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been on quarantine for over a week after dozens of Americans tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak began with a handful of passengers, as cruise officials began to quickly react by enforcing a mandatory quarantine. However, at this point, according to top U.S. health officials, more than 40 American passengers on the ship have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
The vessel is scheduled to remain docked and under quarantine in the port city of Yokohama, Japan, until February 19th. On Face the Nation this past weekend, an official from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that the 40 infected passengers will be treated at hospitals in Japan.
U.S. officials intend to evacuate uninfected passengers earlier than the February 19 deadline. These passengers will undergo extensive screening before returning to the U.S. to ensure that they do not bring the disease back to the U.S. Any passengers who show signs of the coronavirus will be required to stay for treatment in Japan. All others will be transported to Air Force bases in the U.S.
All American passengers returning from the ship, including those not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, will be subject to another 14-day quarantine as a matter of precaution.
Health officials have been concerned about American passengers on the Diamond Princess since news broke that passengers on the ship were infected. Given the proximity of the population on the cruise ship, a higher likelihood of the disease spreading is imminent, which makes transmission of the disease from person to person very easy.
The quarantine of the Diamond Princess is still scheduled to end on February 19 for the remainder of passengers on the ship.
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