Coronavirus Cruise Ship Evacuation


Jean Videl Toussaint, Author

The seemingly deadly disease known as the corona virus makes way and leaves the eastern hemisphere traveling in all directions. The virus has contaminated parties of the western hemisphere. The U.S. State Department has advanced and is sending a charter plane to evacuate Americans on board of the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Japan because of the spread of the corona virus named COVID-19. On Saturday, the 16th the U.S. Embassy located in Tokyo informed the U.S. citizens aboard the ship about the planned extraction scheduled for Sunday night. 

In order to contain the spread of the disease upon entry back into the U.S the cruise ship passengers will be forced to endure another period of quarantine at either the Travis Air Force Base located in California or Lackland Air Force Base located in Texas. As stated in the embassy letter“Travelers returning to the United States from high-risk areas are required to undergo quarantine. Accordingly, you will need to undergo further quarantine of 14 days when you arrive in the United States. We understand this is frustrating and an adjustment, but these measures are consistent with the careful policies we have instituted to limit the potential spread of the disease. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and will provide all the assistance we can to support the quarantine process.” 

After an interview with NPR John Montgomery and his wife, Carol, from San Clemente said They will be taking the State Department’s charter plane and said they are “excited and relieved” to return to the U.S. “We just didn’t think this quarantine is a valid quarantine, and we felt it would be much safer for us to get off this ship and be quarantined somewhere else,” Montgomery told NPR. Post the 10-day ship quarantine, Montgomery said that he and his wife are doing well. Despite the fact that it is a hassle that they’ll have to undergo a fortnight of quarantine in the U.S he continued stating that they understand the meticulous precaution. 

After 67 other people on the ship tested positive for the corona virus, Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato let it be known on the 16th that nearly 300 people aboard the ship have tested positive. At least 50,580 cases of the corona virus have been identified globally as of the 16th, according to the World Health Organization. The total number of deaths peaks at 1,526, with almost 100% of the deaths taking place in China, 1524 to be exact. The quarantine of the 3,600 passengers is set to end Wednesday the 19th. But as more cases have been identified on-board, it isn’t clear whether Japan’s ministry of health will prolong the quarantine. 

If U.S. citizens endure the ship’s quarantine to finish and decide not to take the charter flight, the State Department said, they “will be unable to return to the United States for a period of time.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would make a final decision on when passengers would be allowed to return to the U.S.