Americans who left quarantined cruise ship off Japan land in California with 14 infected aboard

BREAKING: A flight chartered by the US government carrying American passengers who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan landed in California. Fourteen people aboard reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

A small caravan of medical transport vehicles was seen heading to Travis Air Force Base moments before the plane landed.


The US government arranged the jet to evacuate American passengers stuck on the ship, and more than 300 people boarded the plane, which left Japan Saturday. Americans who had already tested positive for coronavirus were not be allowed to board the evacuation charters.

At least 46 Americans are among the 356 people infected with coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess and will remain in Japanese hospitals.

Passengers aboard the chartered flight will undergo two weeks of quarantine upon arrival in the US. That decision by the US government prompted anger from some exhausted passengers.

About 3,700 people are aboard the cruise, which has a crew of 1,100 and a passenger capacity of 2,670. Passengers are confined to cabins and required to wear masks and keep their distance from each other when they are allowed out for brief periods on open decks.

Two Israelis tested positive for coronavirus and have been hospitalized in Japan. An Israeli specialist doctor is in direct contact with the relevant parties in Japan and accompanies them in the medical process.

China’s National Health Commission has announced that the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China reached 1,770 as of the end of Sunday, up by 105 from the previous day.