(INTELLIHUB) — Some 400 evacuated American citizens who traveled aboard the botched Diamond Princess cruise will be returning to the United States where they will be put under forced quarantine at U.S. military installations that have been approved and are equipped to deal with the deadly COVID-19 strain.
The ship, carrying over 3,700 passengers and crew, has been quarantined in Yokahama, Japan since early February.
About 400 U.S. passengers were evacuated on Sunday and will be put onto special flights back to the U.S. where they will be put under quarantine.
To daye 355 people aboard the vessel have become infected.
NBC News Asia correspondent Janis Frayer reports: “Some buses arriving to the Diamond Princess to begin to take American passengers to a repatriation flight.”
Some buses arriving to the Diamond Princess to begin to take American passengers to a repatriation flight. Another 70 cases of #coronavirus — 355 in all — makes the cruise ship ‘high risk’ for exposure, per US officials. @NBCNews tracking the evacuation for @TODAYshow and @MSNBC pic.twitter.com/cqXDyaMb2J
— Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisfrayer) February 16, 2020
Forty-four of the Americans who took the cruise have been reported to be infected.
This brings the total quarantined on U.S. military installations to over one-thousand.
The CDC and U.S. military along with state and local authorities are currently conducting “contact tracing” operations inside the U.S.
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