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Coronavirus: Americans from quarantined cruise ship flown from Japan - BBC News

Coronavirus: Americans from quarantined cruise ship flown from Japan - BBC News
the first of two planes carrying hundreds of American citizens

from

a virus hit

cruise

ship

quarantined

off the coast of

Japan

has arrived back in the United States the aircraft was chartered by the US government and landed at the Travis Air Force Base which is in Fairfield in California you can see it here arrived in Australia Canada South Korea and Italy also made plans to evacuate their nationals

Japan

ese officials saying the number of infections on the

ship

the diamond princess has risen to
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nearly 400 and that makes it the largest cluster of cases outside China well in China itself the outbreak is now known to have infected more than 70,000 people more than 2,000 new cases were reported on Monday most of which were in Hebei province as Freya Cole now reports these pictures released by chinese state media show a sparkling clean hospital floor with neatly prepared beds lined with perfect precision for victims of their new corona virus but this unverified video shared on social media
paints a very different picture the person who posted it says this is the situation in the emergency department of who by provincial People's Hospital on Sunday afternoon the hospital is in Wuhan the epicenter of the outbreak it is cramped and overcrowded the Chinese Communist Party has insisted it is managing to curb the outbreak strict travel bans are enforced especially in the who by province citizens they're ordered to stay at home unless there's an emergency but some public
health experts say quarantine isn't the only answer this is a respiratory virus that has efficient community spread that's not something that you can actually expect to be contained it's spread for probably weeks in China before anybody knew about it since at least November so it had seeded the world and it's likely mixed in with our cold and flu season in many different countries because most of the cases are mild and not recognized so I don't think this is something
that's containable and we really need to move

from

containment mentalities to mitigation because we're really wasting time and resources on containment the latest official figures reveal there has been a decline in new cases but the numbers are still high more than 70,000 worldwide scientists are working furiously to create a vaccine but until then it remains a volatile global health situation Freya Kohl BBC

News

and let's just take you live now to California to Fairfield f base we
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can see the Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield we can see the second plane that is carrying US Nationals just arriving there now so there have been two planes they're carrying a few hundred passengers u.s. passengers

from

on board the diamond princess and this is the second one that we can see here now but what is actually happening on board that

cruise

ship

at the moment our

Japan

correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes told us more well if she there's been another large jump in the number
of cases confirmed on the

ship

again today the

Japan

ese government is now moving quite rapidly to try and test everybody onboard they tested another 504 people today and out of those five hundred and 499 were found to be positive to have the virus so that's around 20% of the people that they tested today and that follows large increases yesterday and on Saturday 70 new cases on Sunday 60 70 cases on Saturday this very clearly points at least a strong suspicion that the quarantine on board
that

ship

is not working properly because we're now 13 days into the quarantine period out of what is supposed to be a two-week quarantine and yet today we have 99 new cases and that of course is is one of the reasons why a number of governments including the

Americans

have moved to get their citizens off the

ship

the first evacuation took place overnight two aircrafts came

from

America to pick up close to 350

Americans

who went on board and have now recently just in the last few hours
touched down in California where they are going to be

quarantined

again it's a

ship

Rupert you would have thought that would mean it was easy to contain something like this what are the authorities saying about why the quarantine is not effective well the

Japan

ese government has not made a clear response to that allegation they are continuing with their line that the quarantine that is a safe place and the best place for those people to be

quarantined

but that has been challenged by experts
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from

all over the world including

from

places like Harvard University in America where health experts have said a

ship

is not a good place to quarantine people because you can keep people in their cabins but there is an air consistent conditioning system that circulates air around the

ship

if the virus is airborne it can get into air conditioning systems if it's not airborne but droplet borne then it can be passed by the crew the crew are still working they're still having to take make
food and take it round to all the passengers on board and there is a possibility there for contact infection and so health experts say they should have all been tested and taken off that

ship

as soon as possible two weeks ago and that didn't happen what about on land Rupert IC celebrations for the Emperor's birthday have been postponed for this weekend any other changes to daily life in

Japan

well it's still pretty calm I have to say although infections are slowly rising in

Japan

and
we've seen infections over you know a number of different areas of

Japan

popping up in a number of different areas people are pretty calm here but the government is now moving to curtail some public activities as you said the the Emperor's birthday usually the emperor comes out and greets thousands of people who meet in front of the Imperial Palace on his birthday that has been cancelled because they're worried about so many people gathering in one place together and there is also
now talk of what is going to happen to the Tokyo Marathon on March the 1st it hasn't been confirmed yet but there are unconfirmed reports that Tokyo is considering only allowing professional athletes to take part and discouraging or even stopping all the amateurs

from

taking part in this year's marathon let's just return you now briefly to the United States where the second aircraft that had been bringing US citizens home

from

Japan

has now landed this is actually San Antonio in
Texas that the plane won returning to California and this one here returning to Texas where those passengers that will be facing another quarantine for a corner virus checks in the United States these pictures come in to us

from

San Antonio in