FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On Monday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of State issued a joint statement regarding the repatriation of U.S. citizens who were quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, Japan aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner. The vessel had been quarantined in an effort to contain an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) onboard.
300 U.S. citizens were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise liner off the coast of Yokohama, Japan. The ship was carrying 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
The statement addressed over 300 U.S. citizens who had been evacuated off the ship, and boarded an aircraft for repatriation into the U.S., where they will be quarantined for 14 days at Travis Air Force Base in California or Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.
The statement also addressed 14 citizens who had been tested 2-3 days prior to the evacuation, but whose results for the virus came out positive after they had already evacuated the cruise liner and were bound for the aircraft. After some debate, these passengers were placed in a section of the craft that had been isolated for passengers who showed symptoms during travel. The 14 passengers who tested positive, and any other passengers who show symptoms or test positive during travel, will be cared for at an appropriate location.
Other U.S. citizens aboard the cruise liner have received communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo informing them of travel restrictions which will prevent them from entering the U.S. up to 14 days after “high risk” that passengers onboard had been exposed to COVID-19.
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