Now 14 of the 300 Americans who were aboard a cruise ship that was quarantined at sea in Japan have tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.
On Monday, February 17, after disembarking from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship, the group diagnosed with COVID-19 loaded into nine buses on the dock and then boarded charter planes — treated as evacuation aircrafts — from the Tokyo International Airport.
Crew members wore full protective gear while passengers wore face masks, photos show.
The first flight landed at Travis Air Force Base in California, and the second landed at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. At both locations, infected passengers are being treated for the illness and will remain in quarantine for 14 days.
Moving forward, people who show or develop symptoms in flight will be transported to “an appropriate location for continued isolation and care,” according to the joint statement from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.