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The first of two planes carrying hundreds of Americans from a cruise ship under quarantine in the Japanese port of Yokohama arrived in the U.S. late Sunday, California time, early Monday, Eastern time. The other was due shortly. Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Italy were planning similar flights.

Japan announced another 70 infections had been confirmed on the Diamond Princess, which is owned by Carnival Corp. Hundreds of others on board have been diagnosed with the virus.

The roughly 300 Americans flying on the U.S.-government chartered planes to the U.S. will be quarantined for two more weeks when they get to Travis Air Force Base in California and Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

A bus believed to carry the U.S. passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, arrives next to airplanes at Haneda airport in Tokyo
A bus believed to be carrying U.S. passengers from the cruise ship Diamond Princess is seen arriving at Haneda airport in Tokyo on February 17, 2020. ISSEI KATO / REUTERS

People with symptoms were banned from the flights. A State Department spokesperson told CBS News, "Anyone who develops symptoms will be placed in isolation aboard the aircraft and will be referred to appropriate medical care upon landing."

The World Health Organization put the death toll from the virus as of Sunday at 1,669, all but three in China, and said there were 51,857 lab-confirmed cases, all but approximately 700 in China.

Chinese authorities reported 70,548 cases but those include broader criteria than the ones the WHO uses. China also reported 1,770 deaths.

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Flights carrying cruise ship passengers back to U.S. depart from Japan

Two charter flights carrying American passengers who were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship have departed from Japan and are headed to the U.S., a spokesperson for the State Department said Sunday.

"All travelers on these flights were screened for symptoms prior to departure and will be subject to Centers for Diseases Control screening, health observation and monitoring requirements. Only those who were asymptomatic were allowed to board the flights," the State Department added.

One of the planes will land at Kelly Field/Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and the other will land at Travis Air Force Base in California. All passengers will be placed in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

By Jordan Freiman

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First published on February 17, 2020 / 1:58 AM