Transcript for Americans infected with Covid-19 moved to specialized quarantine
The latest on the coronavirus emergency. The quarantine on the "Diamond princess" cruise ship is set to end for some passengers tomorrow but just this morning dozens more cases were confirmed on board. This as those 14 Americans who were evacuated back to the U.S. And tested positive for the virus now remain in isolation. Clayton Sandell is in Omaha, Nebraska, where ten are being treated. Good morning, Clayton. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Yeah, those ten patients are being treated at a quarantine center on this complex behind me here and this morning, those number of infected patients continues to rise on that cruise ship. Now up to 542. This morning, 14 American cruise ship passengers who tested positive for novel coronavirus or covid-19 are being closely watched in California and at this quarantine unit in Omaha, Nebraska. One patient was transported to the hospital, to the biocontainment unit because of a chronic condition. Reporter: 338 Americans were evacuated from the "Diamond princess" cruise ship in Japan on two flights landing Monday at military bases in California and Texas to begin a 14-day quarantine. But just as the evacuations began a complication. New test results showed those 14 were, indeed, infected potentially exposing hundreds of others. U.S. Authorities decided to evacuate them anyway, first on a 40-minute bus ride to the airport then isolating them in special chambers at the back of the planes. The ten infected passengers who arrived in Omaha escorted by medical teams in protective gear driven by motorcade to a special infectious disease facility that once treated ebola patients. We're isolating them until we know the testing results. Reporter: The evacuation is splitting couples apart. I took temperatures and if you had a high temperature you went into the isolation booth. Reporter: Mark evacuated but his wife Jerri is still in a Japanese hospital. The last night on the ship I had a slight temperature but it was gone the next morning. I haven't had a temperature since. But I am stuck here for 14 days. Reporter: John Haering is in a hospital fighting the virus and has pneumonia. His wife felony facing the impossible decision to stay or leave him behind to take the only evacuation flight out. They both decided she should go. If I would have stayed it was put to me they didn't know when I could return to the united States. Reporter: Coronavirus continues infecting the global economy. Apple now blaming the outbreak for a slowdown in protection. The company says it will cause a temporary worldwide shortage of iPhones. And all of these patients will be monitored in quarantine for the next two weeks. In the meantime, there is another cruise ship with Americans and coronavirus on board. This one in Cambodia. Officials say they are monitoring closely but have not announced any new evacuation flights just yet. George. Such a dangerous situation. Thanks very much.
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