While they remain in quarantine, a group of American passengers have been evacuated from a Japanese cruise ship, and are back on US soil.
The chartered flights carrying the Americans who were stuck on the quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan, touched down in on air force bases in California and Texas.
The State Department has announced 14 of the passengers tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, but were still allowed to board the aircraft, to come to the US, where they would remain in isolation.
All the passengers airlifted from the contaminated vessel will undergo a 14 day quarantine and some are struggling with the thought of two more weeks of seclusion.
“They have sent over a dozen emails assuring us that there would not be an additional quarantine, and they just told us that we would be re-quarantined for 14 more days,” stated cruise ship passenger Karey Maniscalo. “I’ve just lost a whole month of my life.”
Others who were on board said they are grateful to the president and the U.S. government for rescuing them from the virus stricken vessel.
China has recently updated the number of coronavirus cases to 70,635, which includes 1,772 deaths. However, White House officials have repeatedly said that they are suspicious about the accuracy of China’s reporting of coronavirus cases. Over this past weekend, administration officials said that the U.S. “did not have high confidence in the information coming from China regarding the number of those affected by the disease.”