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Cecil Davis | 16 February, 2020, 23:07

The U.S. State Department is sending a charter plane to evacuate Americans aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that is in quarantine in Japan because of the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China.

"I am pleased to report that everyone quarantined at CFB Trenton is healthy with no symptoms of novel coronavirus infections", Tam said. United States charter flights are expected to arrive on Sunday.

Swartz said a total of three Canadians were part of the 67 new cases discovered on the Diamond Princess.

Rises in temperature and humidity may not lead to illness declines without the implementation of extensive public health measures, according to new projections from researchers based at Harvard University.

The province and its capital, Wuhan, have been virtually sealed off and locked down since January 23, with schools, offices and factories shut and most travel suspended. Japan initially announced the passengers must remain on board for 14 days, the incubation period of the coronavirus.

"The effect of the coronavirus controls is appearing", Mi told reporters.

In the US, there are 15 confirmed cases, but none of the patients are said to be suffering serious symptoms.

"Forty of them have gotten infected", Anthony Fauci, a senior official at the National Institutes for Health said on CBS's Face the Nation show.

The U.S. Embassy in Japan says Americans aboard a quarantined cruise ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday. No one from the ship has died of the virus. The ship was quarantined upon arrival in Yokohama, 20 miles south of Tokyo, on Feb 3, after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong, before it headed for Japan, was diagnosed with the virus.

"This is a rapidly evolving situation", the embassy said in a notice.

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Some American passengers aboard the ship said they would pass up the opportunity to take a flight to the USA because of the additional quarantine.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, passengers will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus, now referred to as CODVID-19, before boarding a U.S. Chartered flight.

The US Government's removed some of its citizens and several other countries have announced plans to do the same.

There is also growing concern over possible infections among people who disembarked from the MS Westerdam in Cambodia on Friday, after it was confirmed that one passenger, who later flew to Malaysia, tested positive for the virus.

The 80-year-old Chinese tourist who died in France was hospitalized January 25 with a lung infection, according to Health Minister Agnes Buzyn.

"There still hasn't been sustained person-to-person transmission in Europe", he said. Classes were first suspended in January, when officials chose to extend the Lunar New Year holiday. Many factories have yet to re-open, disrupting supply chains in China and beyond. The cases on the ship represent the biggest cluster outside China.

The number of new cases across China, including in Hubei, have been falling, said Chinese National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng, who noted that doctors in the worst-hit province had broadened their diagnosis criteria for patients suspected of suffering from the disease and were able to treat them more quickly.

"We're encouraged that an global team of experts is now on the ground working closely with Chinese counterparts to understand the outbreak", Tedros told the Munich Security Conference.

The economic ripple effects go far beyond China.

"The U.S. government's top priority is the welfare and safety of U.S. citizens".