14 U.S. cruise ship evacuees test positive for coronavirus

Two planes left Japan early Monday carrying 328 Americans who spent two weeks quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship due to a coronavirus outbreak on board.

Fourteen of the American passengers were confirmed to have been infected with the flu-like virus.


There were about 400 Americans on the ship, and at least 40 are being treated in Japan after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

The U.S. government chartered the aircraft to bring home the U.S. citizens who weren’t believed to have been infected. They will remain under a 14-day quarantine at U.S. military bases. Japanese authorities announced Sunday that the number of confirmed infections on the ship had risen by 70 to 355.

The ship has the largest cluster of cases outside China, where the coronavirus outbreak is concentrated.

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