Gov't to Evacuate Koreans Marooned on Cruise Ship in Japan

  • By Roh Suk-jo

    February 18, 2020 09:44

    The government on Monday said it will send the presidential plane to Japan on Tuesday afternoon to evacuate some of the Koreans marooned on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama.

    "We decided to evacuate any of the 14 Korean passengers aboard the Diamond Princess who are hoping to return home," said a government spokesman here. "We're in the final stage of negotiations with Japanese officials."

    A Korean national flag hangs on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama, Japan on Feb. 13. /Reuters-Yonhap

    According to the Foreign Ministry here, nine Korean passengers and five Korean crewmembers are stuck on the cruise liner where coronavirus has so far infected 454 of some 3,700 passengers and crew on board. None of the Koreans have tested positive.

    The government still plans to quarantine them for 14 days as soon as they arrive. 

    Meanwhile, a 60-year-old woman in Daegu tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of infections in Korea to 31.

    Just the previous day, two fresh infections were confirmed after a brief lull. All the three are believed to have neither traveled abroad nor come into contact with other confirmed patients.

    Two other coronavirus patients were released from hospital on Tuesday after making a full recovery, bringing the total number of recoveries cases to 12.

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