Americans under coronavirus quarantine headed to Travis Air Force Base

Photo of Americans under coronavirus quarantine headed to Travis Air Force Base

Americans aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan — who have been stuck in a mandatory coronavirus quarantine — have been evacuated and will be held for another 14 days at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, authorities announced in a statement Sunday.

Nearly 380 Americans were aboard the cruise ship, which has been docked in Yokohama, Japan since Feb. 3 with thousands of passengers aboard. As of Sunday, there were 355 cases of the virus, now labeled COVID-19 by health authorities, on board the Diamond Princess, which carries almost 2,700 passengers.

About 300 Americans were preparing to leave the ship Sunday night, according to the Japanese defense ministry, via charter flights arranged by the U.S. State Department.

The Northern California base has housed a number of evacuees since Feb. 5. The new evacuees will be housed separately for their 14-day quarantine, and will be monitored by personnel from the Centers for Disease Control and department of Health and Human Services.

Any individuals showing signs of illness will be taken to an off-base facility, the Air Force base said in a statement Sunday.

Americans aboard the ship, who have been confined to their cabins for almost two weeks as part of the quarantine, are being evacuated because they are at a high risk of exposure to the virus, according to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Once arriving in the U.S., the passengers will need to endure another two-week quarantine, meaning they will have been confined for almost four weeks in a row.

All passengers will be examined before they are allowed on the chartered flights, and those who are showing symptoms or have already tested positive won’t be allowed to leave, the embassy said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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