More than 300 American passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, are being quarantined at military bases in Texas and California following their arrival from Japan early Monday morning.
One plane holding multiple passengers arrived in Northern California just before Midnight on Sunday at Travis Air Force Base. Another chartered plane arrived in Texas early Monday morning at Lackland Air Force Base. The 300-plus passengers will remain in isolation at these Air Force Bases for two weeks.
According to the Associated Press, Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono tweeted on the weekend that Japan’s troops used 14 buses and transported a total of 340 United States passengers from Yokohama Port to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Approximately 380 total American passengers were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
For the Americans who were aboard the cruise ship, this evacuation cut short a 14-day quarantine process that was supposed to run from February 5 to February 19.
The U.S. State Department announced that despite the confirmation of the 14 evacuees having the virus, they would be allowed to board the plane home due to a lack of symptoms, and will be kept isolated from the remaining onboard passengers.
On Monday, Japan announced an additional 99 people were infected on the ship, raising the cruises’ overall case number to 454. In total, Japan has confirmed over 400 cases of the virus and one death. The United States has confirmed up to 15 cases of the virus.
It’s unclear which base the 14 who tested positive for the virus went to.