“They are not going anywhere. They will be in hospitals in Japan, ”the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reported Sunday.
Forty Americans have tested positive for COVID-19 on the quarantine cruise ship in the Japanese port of Yokohama and will not be evacuated, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, said Sunday. The official told CBS News that 40 of the Americans who remain on the cruise “have been infected.” “They are not going anywhere. They will be in hospitals in Japan, ”said the official, whose office is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Japanese authorities had announced Sunday the detection of 70 new contagions of COVID-19 on the cruise, 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 confirmed infections aboard the Diamond Princess cruise to 355, according to Japanese authorities, who reported that so far 1,219 people were tested for the new coronavirus among the 3,700 on board when the order was decreed. quarantine last February 3.
Fauci said that American passengers will undergo a health test before boarding the plane. If during the flight they develop symptoms, the official indicated that the passengers will be “separated”. Upon arrival in the United States, all travelers will be subject to a quarantine for 14 days.
“The reason for this is that the degree of transmissibility on that cruise is essentially similar to being in a hot spot,” said Fauci, who, while the World Health Organization (WHO) has not considered the coronavirus a global pandemic, “It is about to happen reasonably soon unless the containment is more successful than it is now.” The United States will evacuate its citizens from the cruise – provided they have not tested positive for the virus – and will transport them on two charter flights that will depart on Monday from Tokyo’s Haneda airport to military bases in their territory, where they must undergo to a new quarantine, he explained his diplomatic legation in Tokyo.