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Japan: American passenger on Diamond Princess films evacuation preparations *EXCLUSIVE*01:18

Japan: American passenger on Diamond Princess films evacuation preparations *EXCLUSIVE*

Japan, Yokohama
February 16, 2020 at 15:18 GMT -00:00 · Published

Exclusive footage shot by a US citizen quarantined on the Diamond Princess moored in the port of Yokohama due to a coronavirus outbreak shows buses and medical staff preparing to evacuate American passengers on Sunday.

Spencer Fehrenbacher, who shot the footage, is one of 380 Americans and their families aboard the cruise ship.

"Buses are here. And all I need to do is to wait. So, they are going to knock at my door at any moment and from there on it's go time," Fehrenbacher said.

According to the US Embassy in Tokyo, the passengers will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus before boarding a chartered flight to Travis Air Force Base in California. Upon arrival, they will either stay at Travis Air Force Base or be transferred to Lackland Air Force Base for a 14-day quarantine.

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship was quarantined when it arrived in Yokohama early last week after it emerged that some passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong last month tested positive for the flu-like respiratory illness. So far, 355 people from the ship have tested positive for the new virus that began in China, after 70 new cases were found on Sunday, February 16.

According to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 1,600 lives and infected more than 69,000 worldwide.

Japan: American passenger on Diamond Princess films evacuation preparations *EXCLUSIVE*01:18
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Exclusive footage shot by a US citizen quarantined on the Diamond Princess moored in the port of Yokohama due to a coronavirus outbreak shows buses and medical staff preparing to evacuate American passengers on Sunday.

Spencer Fehrenbacher, who shot the footage, is one of 380 Americans and their families aboard the cruise ship.

"Buses are here. And all I need to do is to wait. So, they are going to knock at my door at any moment and from there on it's go time," Fehrenbacher said.

According to the US Embassy in Tokyo, the passengers will be screened for symptoms of coronavirus before boarding a chartered flight to Travis Air Force Base in California. Upon arrival, they will either stay at Travis Air Force Base or be transferred to Lackland Air Force Base for a 14-day quarantine.

The Diamond Princess Cruise Ship was quarantined when it arrived in Yokohama early last week after it emerged that some passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong last month tested positive for the flu-like respiratory illness. So far, 355 people from the ship have tested positive for the new virus that began in China, after 70 new cases were found on Sunday, February 16.

According to the latest report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the novel coronavirus has claimed more than 1,600 lives and infected more than 69,000 worldwide.

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