WASHINGTON: Fourteen people that had tested positive for the new coronavirus were among the quite 300 US citizens and relations evacuated by plane from a quarantined ship in Japan, the US State Department said Monday.
The passengers had already disembarked from the Diamond Princess and were preparing to return to the us on chartered aircraft when US officials were informed 14 of them who had been tested days earlier were positive for COVID-19, it said during a joint statement with the Department of Health and Human Services.
"These individuals were moved within the most expeditious and safe manner to a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft to isolate them in accordance with standard protocols," it said.
"During the flights, these individuals will still be isolated from the opposite passengers."
The first flight is thanks to land shortly at a US Air Force base in California, where all passengers will undergo 14 days quarantine.