As the total number of coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess jumped to 355 Sunday, representing an increase of 70 cases over the previously reported figure, the number of American passengers report ill with coronavirus stands at 44.
Passengers have been held aboard the ship, which is docked off the coast of Japan, for nearly the past two weeks. Hundreds of passengers have tested positive for coronavirus during that time. Many are questioning the quarantine, saying that the confined living conditions aboard the ship may have facilitated the virus’ spread.
NPR.org reports that various countries are in the process of extracting their citizens from the Diamond Princess, including Canada, Italy, South Korea, and the United States. The U.S. is organizing charter flights for its approximately 400 citizens aboard the ship.
NPR reports that the U.S. will only evacuate passengers who are not showing signs of coronavirus , but that they will face 2 additional weeks of quarantine after arriving back in the States.
The original quarantine of the Diamond Princess is set to run through February 19.