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US to evacuate 400 Americans from quarantined cruise ship

The United States will evacuate nearly 400 American passengers under quarantine due to coronavirus on board Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess, the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan announced early Saturday.

The US State Department is working in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Service, along with other partner agencies to provide a charter aircraft to bring passengers back to the U.S. 

“We continue to collaborate closely with HHS, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Government of Japan, and Carnival Cruise Lines on all aspects of this dynamic situation,” the Embassy said in the statement. “The U.S. Embassy remains in close contact with all relevant authorities to ensure U.S. citizens aboard the ship, and their families, are fully informed as the situation develops.”

According to a letter delivered to passengers with the announcement, the flight will arrive in Japan on Sunday night, local time. Then, Americans will be bussed with their belongings to the aircraft. Before they board, all will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus and those that aren’t permitted to board will receive care in Japan. 

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