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Countries rush to evacuate citizens from virus-stricken cruise ship in Japan

Countries rush to evacuate citizens from virus-stricken cruise ship in Japan

World
Feb. 18 (UPI) -- South Korea, Canada, Australia and Britain are rushing to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship that is quarantined off Japan's coast amid a drastic increase of coronavirus infections among its passengers. The Princess Diamond anchored in Japan's Yokohama Port with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew is the world's largest cluster of confirmed COVID-19 cases outside of China with more than 500 passengers infected with the disease since it was placed under a 14-day quarantine on Feb. 3. On Tuesday, Princess Cruise Lines, which operates the vessel, announced 169 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 aboard the ship in the past 48 hours. Japan's Ministry of Health said passengers of the ship who test negative for the coronavirus will be able to leave from Wednesday when the quarantine...
China increases death toll; U.S. evacuates citizens from cruise ship

China increases death toll; U.S. evacuates citizens from cruise ship

Health
Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Chinese health officials said the death toll rose by 105 over Sunday as governments rushed to evacuate citizens from a cruise ship off Japan's eastern coast that is home to the world's second-largest and still growing cluster of COVID-19 patients. Japanese health officials have reported in the last 24 hours 72 new cases of COVID-19 among the passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship under quarantine in Yokohama Port since Feb. 3, increasing the ship's number of confirmed cases to at least 357. The next highest number of infections outside mainland China is Singapore with 75. The U.S. State Department said in a statement early Monday that two chartered planes with more than 300 U.S. citizens and their family members who had been quarantined 12 days on the cruise ship...
Coronavirus: Forty infected Americans among cruise ship evacuees

Coronavirus: Forty infected Americans among cruise ship evacuees

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device Forty Americans being taken off the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess are infected with new coronavirus, a US official says. They are among 400 people from the US leaving the vessel docked in Japan.Most are due to depart for the US on two government-chartered aircraft. But those carrying the virus will be admitted to Japanese hospitals. Meanwhile, China has tightened restrictions on movement in Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak.What is happening on the cruise ship? The Diamond Princess has been quarantined in Japan's port of Yokohama with some 3,700 passengers and crew on board since 3 February after a man left the ship in Hong Kong and was found to have the virus.It has the largest ...
BAE Systems awarded $24.6M for post-shakedown availability for Freedom-class ship

BAE Systems awarded $24.6M for post-shakedown availability for Freedom-class ship

Business
Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Navy has award BAE Systems with a $ 24.6 million contract for post-shakedown availability for one Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, the Pentagon announced Friday. A post-shakedown availability takes place in a period of about 16 weeks between the transfer of a ship to the Navy and the shipbuilding conversion date. Freedom-class littoral combat ships, which are built by Lockheed Martin, carry a variety of light weapon systems as well as short-range missiles and anti-submarine torpedoes. BAE's post-shakedown availability will include correction of trial card deficiencies, new work identified between custody transfer and the time of the availability and incorporation incorporation of approved engineering changes not addressed under the building yard's construction c...
61 cruise ship passengers test positive for virus; Death toll exceeds 600

61 cruise ship passengers test positive for virus; Death toll exceeds 600

World
Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Japanese health officials said Friday that an additional 41 people quarantined on a cruise liner off its eastern coast have tested positive for a deadly new virus that has killed more than 600 people worldwide. Diamond Princess with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew on board has been quarantined at Yokohama Port since Monday after 10 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Since its docking, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has tested 273 passengers with at total 61testing positive for the disease called 2019-nCoV. The ministry said those infected will be sent to infectious disease wards in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures. "Those who are transported include elderly people and foreign nationals, and it is necessary to tak...