US official says Forty Americans quarantined in a cruise ship named Diamond Princess are infected with new coronavirus
The 40 Americans who are infected will receive medical treatment in Japan, Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told Face the Nation on CBS.
The 40 infected persons are among 400 people from the US leaving the vessel docked in Japan. Most are due to depart for the US on two government-chartered aircraft. But those carrying the virus will be admitted to Japanese hospitals.
The Diamond Princess has been quarantined in Japan’s port of Yokohama with some 3,400 people on board since 3 February after a man left the ship in Hong Kong and was found to have the virus.
It has the largest cluster of coronavirus cases outside China. The Japanese authorities on Sunday said the number of new cases on board the ship had risen by 70 to 355.
“And the reason for that,” Dr Fauci added, “is that the degree of transmissible, on that cruise ship, is essentially akin to being in a hotpots.”
Some of the Americans have declined to be evacuated by plane, preferring to wait until the ship quarantine comes to an end on 19 February.
Passenger Matt Smith, a lawyer, said he would not want to travel on a bus to the plane with possibly infected people.