Americans evacuated from cruise ship as virus death toll rises
Updated: Feb 21, 2020
Fourteen Americans who were among hundreds of U.S. citizens evacuated from a quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a joint statement from the Department of State and Health and Human Services.
On Monday, more than 300 U.S. citizens and their immediate family members who had been passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were brought back to the United States on two charter flights that landed at Travis Air Force Base in California and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
Chinese officials working at its National Health Commission said they confirmed over 2,000 new cases of the virus, as well as over a hundred new deaths nationwide, most of them in the Hubei province in which the virus is believed to have originated.
The number of confirmed cases has risen to more than 70,500 in China, and the death toll has reached 1,770.