The number of reported Wuhan Coronavirus cases now stands at 76,735, located within 30 countries and territories, and the death toll stands at 2,247.

Two passengers die after leaving quarantined Princess cruise ship

Two Japanese passengers who contracted COVID-19 onboard a cruise ship isolated in Japan have died.

Both were in their 80s with underlying health conditions. They were being treated in hospitals after being taken off the Diamond Princess last week.

At least 621 people on the ship tested positive for the virus, named Covid-19, the biggest cluster outside China.

…The victims were an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman, Japan’s health ministry said.

The man – from Kanagawa prefecture south of Tokyo – had had bronchial asthma and died from Covid-19.

The woman – from the capital – died from pneumonia believed to be caused by the coronavirus.

Despite CDC warnings, coronavirus-infected Americans flown back to the US on a plane full of healthy people

Against the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 coronavirus-stricken Americans evacuated from the same cruise ship in Japan were flown back to the US on a plane full of healthy people.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials argued the 14 infected Diamond Princess passengers shouldn’t be flown back with the about 300 virus-free people — but ultimately lost the battle to the US State Department, according to The Washington Post.

“It was like the worst nightmare,” an anonymous senior U.S. official involved in the decision told the paper.

“Quite frankly, the alternative could have been pulling grandma out in the pouring rain, and that would have been bad, too.”

Test results had found that the 14 passengers were infected prior to boarding planes to the US on Monday.

“Nobody anticipated getting these results,” said another U.S. official.

British victim describes what it’s like to have coronavirus

A British passenger who was also on the Diamond Princess describes his infection with COVID-19.

David Abel, 74, described collapsing at a Japanese hospital and being put in a wheelchair after he became one of 634 people to catch coronavirus on the vessel where the disease is rapidly spreading among those remaining onboard.

The virus poses a significant threat to the Abels due to their age and the fact Mr Abel is diabetic, because elderly and sick people with compromised immune systems are most at risk of serious complications.

In a Facebook post documenting his ordeal with coronavirus, Mr Abel said: ‘We arrived in lovely hospital a couple of hours ago. Taken by ambulance blues and twos the entire journey.

‘Outside the hospital I came over a bit weird and nearly passed out. Every pore on my body opened and I was wheelchaired to our room. Full health inspection and now we know what’s going on.’

 

 
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