The U.S. Department of State UU. He will evacuate US citizens and their families aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has been quarantined in a Japanese port for almost two weeks, as many passengers are infected with the new coronavirus.
Passengers stand on the deck of the Diamond Princess cruise, while continuing to be tested for coronaviruses. (Photo: Getty)
Another 67 people tested positive for the coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said Saturday.
The United States said earlier on Saturday that it would send a plane to Japan to bring back American passengers in the Diamond Princess in quarantine, where most coronavirus infections have occurred outside of China.
The cruise quarantine will end on February 19.
The Diamond Princess cruise ship, owned by Carnival Corp, has been quarantined since arriving in Yokohama on February 3, after a man who landed in Hong Kong before traveling to Japan was diagnosed with the virus.
A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew members and 6 passengers, were among 3,711 people aboard the quarantined ship that arrived on the Japanese coast earlier this month.
It was quarantined after it was discovered that a passenger who landed last month in Hong Kong was the transporter of COVID-19 on the ship.
The Indian Embassy is in contact with the Japanese authorities, the ship management company and the Indian citizens on board the ship.
"We have continued our efforts with all of them for the early landing of our citizens after the end of the quarantine period and subject to favorable results of their tests for COVID – 19," an embassy official told PTI on Saturday.