British Passengers Furious While Those From US Evacuated from Cruise Ship

Quarantine ends for Germans Italy to fly citizens from ship

Onboard the Diamond Princess, American passenger Matthew Smith posted a photo on Twitter showing buses parked on the shore to take US nationals to the airport.

USA passengers board a plane at the Haneda Airport, in Tokyo on February 17, 2020 after disembarking in Yokohama from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where people are quarantined on board due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus.

She added: "We also now understand the Japanese may handle a select group of guests differently, anyone who had close contact with a person who tested positive - such as a cabin mate - may have to restart their quarantine from the date their close contact ended".

The initial quarantine deadline had been February 19.

Until Saturday, the United States government seemed on board with that plan.

"Incredibly disappointed that the U.S. Government has chose to throw a monkey wrench into the quarantine we have maintained here on board the Diamond Princess", Smith tweeted.

However, they have not ruled out an evacuation, with sources raising concern that elderly British passengers could be more at risk from the virus.

Global Affairs Canada said passengers will be screened for signs of the coronavirus before being allowed to board the plane out of Japan.

A senior United States health official said Sunday that more than 40 Americans had been infected and would not be a part of an evacuation effort. They face a further 14 days in isolation.

Countries that have announced plans to fly their citizens home from the ship say they will take them only if they are symptom-free and quarantine them on arrival. What prompted such a dramatic shift in USA policy? Results should be provided within three days.

On Thursday, one person quarantined at Lackland tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the number of Americans infected to 15, according to the CDC.

"From tragedy to comedy to farce", tweeted American passenger Matthew Smith, pulling no punches.

More than 1,600 people have died from the novel coronavirus in China since it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan, and five others have died outside China.

"So it seems like taking people off so that they're not in quite so confined quarters with quite as many people around makes sense".

Japan has not been able to test all those on board the ship due to limited supplies of testing kits, facilities and manpower, which are also needed by authorities tracking the spread of the virus on land.

For Karey Mansicalco, who owns a real estate company in Utah, the news yanked freedom from her hands at the 11th hour. We have sent a doctor to help them.

Mansicalco said another two weeks away from home would cost her upwards of $50,000. I was in tears when I got the news and ...

So far Australia has used the immigration detention centre on Christmas Island and a disused mining workers village near Darwin as quarantine centres.

"If you look at the figures, we are seeing changing situations compared with before", Kato said on the NHK show. "I would not get on a flight without Rebecca".

Mr Tehan said the Government would consider placing the evacuees in quarantine on Australian soil despite the cruise ship passengers having been in lockdown. One of them, Shalva Dahan, called on Israel to urgently take them off and criticized authorities for allegedly keeping them in the dark.



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