The Japanese authorities announced today the detection of 70 new contagions of COVID-19 in the cruise that is in quarantine in the port of Yokohama, while the United States and other countries prepare for the evacuation of its citizens who are on board.
The new cases bring the total number of infections so far confirmed aboard the Diamond Princess cruise to 355, according to the latest data offered by Japan’s Health Minister, Katsunobu Kato, in statements to the state-run NHK chain.
So far, 1,219 people have been tested for the new coronavirus among the approximately 3,700 on board when the Japanese authorities decreed quarantine on February 3.
Since then, the authorities have allowed to leave the ship and hospitalize the passengers who have contracted the COVID-19, in addition to authorizing the landing of some of elderly or with other health complications and that have given negative in the medical analyzes.
Although it was planned that the quarantine period for all people aboard the Diamond Princess be extended until next Wednesday, the US Embassy in Japan announced that it will proceed on Sunday to repatriate some 400 Americans and their relatives who are in the ship.
The United States will evacuate its citizens from the cruise ship – as long as they have not tested positive for the virus – and will transport them on two charter flights to military bases in their territory, where they must undergo a new quarantine, explained their diplomatic legation in Tokyo.
The Government of Canada announced this Saturday that it will take similar measures in the next few hours, while the Japanese authorities are studying the requests of other countries, such as Taiwan or Israel, to also proceed to the evacuation of their citizens, according to Japanese media.
At the time the quarantine was decreed there were about 1,200 Japanese passengers aboard the Diamond Princess and about 2,500 of 56 other nationalities, according to data from the Ministry of Health.