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Written by on February 17, 2020

Fourteen Americans have tested positive for Coronavirus after evacuation from a cruise ship. Thousands of people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship had been quarantined over the deadly coronavirus for more than a week. 300 US citizens were said to be on that same ship. However, the US finally offered flights home for its citizens on Monday morning. Though, fourteen of those passengers tested positive before boarding a plane home and had to travel in an “isolation box” at the back of the aircraft. The US State Department and Department of Health and Human Services said in a joint statement this morning, “During the evacuation process, after passengers had disembarked the ship and initiated transport to the airport, U.S. officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested 2-3 days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19,” it said. The agencies added that the passengers had been evaluated, and “all were deemed asymptomatic and fit to fly before being processed for evacuation.”

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