Passengers will be screened for coronavirus symptoms in Japan before boarding the aircraft and those that show symptoms of COVID-19 will be denied boarding and transferred to a Japanese hospital for treatment, Global Affairs wrote. The quarantine is due to end on Wednesday, though it is not clear if the emergence of new cases will prompt such restrictions to be extended.
American passengers under coronavirus lockdown on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama were told Saturday of USA plans to take them home. The virus has spread to about two-dozen other countries, including the United States, where 15 cases have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One of them, Shalva Dahan, called on Israel to urgently take them off and criticized authorities for allegedly keeping them in the dark. "I suppose we could have been taken out and shipped home in a sterile way, but it wasn't done". "I don't care if I'm there for a month, but why leave us here, why not update us with what's happening?"
"Well, you know, it's not OK, but it's better than here", passenger Trudy Clement said. They should get their results in a few days, but they say so far, they are still feeling healthy.
Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged the Israelis on board the Diamond Princess who were not diagnosed with the virus would soon be allowed to return home.
It is understood the individual was part of the group of British holidaymakers who were infected by a "super-spreader" during a trip to the French Alps. "They are on the other side of the world and we feel helpless". "Of course, we are all praying for their well-being", said Netanyahu.
They had been under quarantine since February 3 and will be taken to Haneda airport to board charter flights back to the US, where they will face another 14-day mandatory quarantine.
The Diamond Princess has been quarantined since arriving in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on 3 February.
Since it was first detected in Wuhan, China, in December, the novel coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19, has killed more than 1,500 people and infected more than 67,000 people globally, the vast majority in mainland China.
Taiwan has now reported a death from the illness - a taxi driver, 61, who had not travelled overseas recently but had diabetes and hepatitis B, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said. "Are they going to let people die without doing anything?" Two of the infected passengers were taken to a hospital in Japan, and Israel is expected to send a specialist to accompany them throughout the medical procedure.
In health ministry reports yesterday and today, Singapore-which has the most cases outside of China-reported 8 more cases, raising its total to 75. The ministry had previously only required the 14-day isolation for recent travelers to China.
Security Bureau says chartered flights will return residents for free once the plan is confirmed.
In Taiwan, authorities reported the first death, a man in his 60s with diabetes and hepatitis but no recent history of overseas travel, according to the state-run Central News Agency.
Dr. Ross Upshur, a physician and researcher who studies public health ethics at the University of Toronto, said there may be precautionary reasons for extending the quarantine of the returning Canadians, but that this needs to be clearly communicated.
Seventy new coronavirus cases were confirmed on board, bringing the total on the ship to 355, by far the largest cluster of cases outside China.