"During the evacuation process, after passengers had disembarked the ship and initiated transport to the airport, USA officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested 2-3 days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19", the State Department and Department of Health and Human Services said in a joint statement.
On Monday, Japan confirmed 99 more cases of people infected by the new virus on the quarantined ship, bringing the total to 454, according to the Health Ministry, which has been carrying out tests on passengers and crew members on the ship.
The total number of people infected with COVID-19 on the ship rose to 355 today.
An email to those remaining passengers from the The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised them the deadline to confirm seats on the flight is this morning and that those taking advantage of the assisted department must agree to a further 14-day quarantine period in New Zealand.
Vergeire assured the public that the Filipinos on the ship are being regularly tested.
The Department of Defense said American evacuees who did not test positive for the virus would be flown to either Travis Air Force Base in California or Kelly Field/Lackland Air Force Base in Texas where they will be quarantined for another two weeks.
The U.S. previously announced it would evacuate roughly 400 Americans aboard the ship, so news of Canadians following suit didn't come as a surprise to passenger Lolita Wisener of Red Deer, Alta.
"It is what it is", she said.
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During the flights, these individuals will continue to be isolated from the other passengers.
Two other New Zealanders remain in hospital in Japan with the virus.
Frequent handwashing with soap or gel, avoiding close contact with people who are ill and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands can help cut the risk of infection. "They had packed their suitcases, went for dinner, and when they got back the ship's authorities had put their suitcases back in their rooms", she said. All passengers on board will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.
A Qantas flight from Japan on Wednesday will retrieve the Australians stranded on the Diamond Princess ship since 3 February, as a result of a passenger being diagnosed with the infectious coronavirus.
China, where the virus outbreak occurred, is grappling to contain the deadly disease as the death toll climbed to 1,770 after 105 more people died, mostly in the worst-hit Hubei province, officials said on Monday.
American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship board a plane headed for the U.S.at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo.
Cheryl and Paul Molesky, who were on the Diamond Princess ship. Outside China, there have been reports of 694 cases, causing three deaths.
"It's very hard for us, very hard", Menard said of the toll the news of her parents' health has taken on the family. Parents and relatives of Pakistani students studying in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus began, lobby for their safe return.