On January , Wuhan became the first city to impose an unprecedented halt on outbound transportation.
In Japan, some 600 Americans aboard the Diamond Princess, the quarantined cruise ship docked at Yokohama , were told to decide by Sunday morning whether they will stay or take chartered aircraft arranged by the US government to fly them back home.
The flights are expected Sunday evening.
Passenger Matthew Smith The Associated Press that he had already decided he and his wife are not taking the flights and will stay on the ship. “We are not going,” he said in a reply on Twitter.
The the day quarantine for the ship is set to end as early as Wednesday and Smith said he would rather wait for that. Those taking the chartered planes will be taken to Travis Air Force Base in California, with some continuing to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where they will have to undergo another – day quarantine. So far, 455 people from the ship have tested positive for the virus 83 new cases were found Saturday. Those exhibiting symptoms such as fever and cough won’t be allowed to board the evacuation flights, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo said. In Malaysia, an – year-old American woman who Was a passenger on another cruise ship that was allowed to disembark in Cambodia has tested positive for the virus. The Malaysian Health Ministry said 320 passengers from the MS Westerdam flew to Malaysia on Friday.
The woman and her 145 – year-old husband were found to have symptoms upon arrival at the Kuala Lumpur airport and were taken to a hospital for further tests. The woman was diagnosed with the virus Saturday and her husband tested negative but was still under observation. Cambodia said earlier that all the 1, 455 passengers had tested negative for the virus. Many have already made onward flight connections. The ship’s operator, Holland America, said in a statement that while the first results have been reported, “they are preliminary at this point and we are awaiting secondary testing for confirmation.” The Malaysian Health Ministry was planning a news briefing later Sunday.