Coronavirus: 14 infected Americans arrived at Travis AFB

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Fourteen Americans infected with the coronavirus landed at Fairfield’s Travis Air Force Base on Sunday night after being quarantined aboard a contaminated cruise ship in Japan, according to the U.S. State Department.

A Travis spokesperson could not confirm how many of these passengers will stay at the base for medical care.

The passengers, who were separated from other passengers during the flight, are among 328 Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess at the port of Yokohama. The cruise suffered an outbreak after the coronavirus was diagnosed in a man who had disembarked days earlier in Hong Kong.

After consultations with health experts, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control decided to let the infected evacuees, who have not yet shown symptoms, board the cargo jets to Travis Air Force Base and Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.

Because they were all asymptomatic, health authorities deemed them “fit to fly,” the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Monday.

A chartered flight carrying the Americans landed around 11:30 p.m., according to the Travis spokesman.

All passengers on the flight will be quarantined for 14 days, the incubation period for the virus, according to the U.S. State Department.

Their arrival doubles the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, named COVID-19, in the U.S. There are now 29 cases, up from 15.

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