The United States is starting to bring Americans home from the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has had 355 passengers and crew test positive for the new virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Healthon Sunday, Feb. 16.
Among 355 infected, “more than 40” are Americans. Those looking to take the charter flight to the United States on Sunday will undergo a health screening before boarding, and symptomatic passengers will not be allowed to board, the U.S. Embassy in Japan said.
Passengers will be taken to Travis Air Force Base in California and some will continue on to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, according to CBS News.
On the same day, the quarantine ended for more than 100 Germans who had evacuated from Wuhan, China.
German news agency dpa reported that after the 14-day quarantine period, none of the people tested positive for the coronavirus. They have been kept isolated at a military base in the southern town of Germersheim.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, meanwhile, announced that Italy will send a plane to Japan to bring back the 35 Italians aboard the Diamond Princess.
Twenty-five of those Italians are crew members on the ship, including the ship’s captain. Italy’s ministries of defense, foreign affairs, and health, as well as civil protection officials, were working out the logistics. No date for the flight has been announced, according to The Associated Press.
European nations have reported 47 cases of the virus in nine countries. France on Saturday announced the first death of a virus patient in Europe and outside of Asia, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist in Paris.
The coronavirus, now officially known as COVID-19, has infected more than 71,300 people around the world. On Sunday alone, Chinese authorities confirmed an additional 2,048 people cases and 105 more deaths.