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Americans in Japan to trade one quarantine for another

Japan Outbreak Cruise Ship
Posted at 12:47 PM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 14:47:31-05

TOKYO (AP) — A group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America.

But they will have to spend another quarantine period at U.S. military facilities to make sure they don't have the new virus that's been sweeping across Asia.

The U.S. Embassy says Washington is flying chartered planes to Japan to evacuate Americans because the passengers are now at a high risk of exposure to the virus.

Some Americans disembarked Sunday night and boarded buses to take them to the airport.

They will be flown to Travis Air Force Base in California, with some continuing to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.