Atlanta – Authorities confirmed Friday that 18 citizens of this country who were taken from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the number of cases in the American country to 34.
In a teleconference, the government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that 18 cruise passengers who were quarantined in Japan last February 3 have tested positive, a figure that adds to the other 16 cases reported up to The moment in the USA.
“These numbers do not accurately represent what is happening in our community,” said Nancy Messonnier, CDC director.RELATED
The official did not dismiss the appearance of new cases among some of the almost 330 Americans who were evacuated from the cruise ship anchored in the Japanese port of Yokohama and landed this week at two air bases in California and Texas.
Messonnier explained that from today they will make changes in the way cases are classified and will divide the people diagnosed in US territory, which so far add up to 13, of those who were identified abroad, such as the 18 of the Diamond Princess cruise and 3 other Americans diagnosed and repatriated from the Chinese province of Wuhan, epicenter of this epidemic.
For his part, Ian Brownlee of the State Department urged to follow the recommendations established for travelers, including those who do so on cruises: “This is a dynamic situation and Americans traveling by cruise may be subject to quarantines.”
Brownlee, recommended to contact the company in charge to know in advance the existing restrictions and the established recommendations of the cruise and according to the destination.
Messonnier said that the main objective is to stop the introduction of the COVID-19 virus to the United States and avoid “a sustained spread”, for which they work in coordination with state health agencies and review all their protocols for pandemic cases.
“We are not seeing the spread here in the United States, yet, but it is very possible, even likely, that it will eventually happen,” Messonnier said.
According to the most recent figures handled by the World Health Organization (WHO), so far 75,567 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in patients in China, with 2,239 deaths, and 1,152 in another 26 countries, of which eight died.