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7 passengers on COVID-19-hit cruise ship in Yokohama to be transferred to S. Korea Updated: 2020-02-18 16:43:44 KST

The South Korean plane sent by the Blue House will bring back seven passengers who have been stuck on the cruise ship docked off Japan's Yokohama port.
Six of those are South Koreans and the other is a Japanese national who is married to one of the South Koreans passengers.
They will disembark the ship at around 9 PM and then will be moved to Haneda Airport where the plane is waiting to take them to Seoul's Gimpo Airport.
When they arrive in Korea on Wednesday morning, they'll be taken to a temporary living facility to stay for the next two weeks.
There are a total of 14 South Koreans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship but only six of them wanted to be taken off.
None of them are known to be infected.
South Korea is not the only country trying to evacuate their citizens from the cruise liner.
The first foreign government to get their nationals out was the U.S.
It brought back 300 Americans on chartered flights on Monday.
The Canadian government has also sent a chartered plane to Japan and said returnees will undergo a 14-day quarantine in Canada.
Australia, Italy, and the UK are also planning to evacuate their citizens.
Until now, 542 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed on the ship out of the 3,700 people who had been onboard.
As the ship's quarantine period is over on Wednesday, the rest of the passengers will disembark if they have tested negative for the virus.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.
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