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Feb 9, 2020 News

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Personnel clad in protective gear on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship prepare to conduct a transfer in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images
Personnel clad in protective gear on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship prepare to carry out a transfer in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP by means of Getty Visuals

When the Diamond Princess cruise ship went into quarantine in Yokohama, Japan, it experienced 428 US citizens on board.

At the very least 13 of them have by now been confirmed to be contaminated with the novel coronavirus, which has spread speedily as a result of the ship. In complete, 70 passengers have the virus.

US writer Gay Courter, who is on board the ship, explained to CNN that she was desperate to get off but was becoming blocked by US and Japanese authorities, regardless of her insurance policy company agreeing to evacuate her.

“I (just) do not want to go property in a box,” she reported.  

The US embassy in Tokyo nowadays issued a concept to all the People on board the Diamond Princess, reassuring them that their “welfare and protection” was their top precedence.

“The most secure selection to minimize the possibility of an infection is to remain in your cabin on the ship, as travellers on the Diamond Princess are performing,” the letter mentioned, adding that right after their quarantine was over there would be no further more protecting measures when they returned to the US.

The embassy extra that if any one on board was functioning small on medication they needed to allow the ship’s clinical heart know as quickly as achievable.

“The US Embassy and the Division of State carry on to carefully monitor the scenario,” the assertion said.