11 Israelis on their way home from coronavirus cruise ship

Eleven Israelis who were not infected with coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan, have disembarked and are on their way to a private plane ahead of their flight back to Israel in the coming hours.

Staff from the Israeli embassy in Tokyo was waiting for them on the dock.

Earlier on Thursday, another Israeli passenger was found to have contracted the virus and will be taken off the ship to a Japanese hospital for further treatment. So far, four of the 15 Israeli passengers have contracted the virus.

Israeli consul in Japan, Revital Ben-Naim, said the four infected Israelis – all pensioners – are feeling well and are being treated in a hospital in Tokyo.

A special wing in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer has been created to house the passengers and keep them under quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the country, which is expected to be around 3 a.m. Friday morning.

More than 620 of the passengers on the Diamond Princess have been infected, which has been quarantined since Feb. 3, initially with about 3,700 people aboard. The cruise ship has become the biggest concentration of infections outside China

Two passengers from the formerly quarantined cruise ship have died of the coronavirus, Japan’s health ministry announced today.