London flight placed on lockdown after passenger shows symptoms of coronavirus

U.S. official says the government is getting ready to evacuate Americans from the quarantined ship in Japan.
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story, the latest on the novel coronavirus. The U.S. Government is now preparing to evacuate nearly 400 Americans stranded on a cruise ship in Japan. Many look forward to a cruise vacation, but these folks have been stuck on this ship for a week and a half and when they get back to the U.S., they will go back into quarantine. All this as we're learning of the first death from the virus outside of Asia. A Chinese man dying in Paris. For the latest on all this let's go to Maggie Rulli in Yokohama, Japan. Maggie, good morning to you. Reporter: Eva, good morning. You know, all week people have been telling us that they're desperate to get off of this ships but now they're saying they feel like they have been given two bad options. Either go back home and they're stuck in quarantine for another two weeks, or stay on board, but then they're not sure when they'll be allowed back into the United States. Tensions are running pretty high. Reporter: Plans underway to evacuate 400 Americans stranded aboard the quarantined "Diamond princess". The cruise ship docked in Japan for more than 11 days. At least 285 people on board have tested positive for the covid-19 virus including enough 67 new cases announced today. The U.S. Embassy says the emergency evacuation will begin tomorrow. All Americans who show no symptoms and want to leave will be flown back to the U.S. Where they'll undergo another two weeks of quarantine. U.S. Authorities say the more than 23 Americans who already tested positive for the virus will continue their treatment in Japan, people like John Haering. He and his wife Melanie were on board celebrating his retirement. We followed him all week. Yesterday he tested positive for the virus. I'm alone here in the room and I would rather be back on the cruise ship. Reporter: Back home health officials are working to stop the spread before it begins. Individuals who present with flu-like symptoms will also be tested for the China coronavirus. This will give us an early warning system of further spread in the United States. Reporter: The U.S. Announcing it will now be testing for covid-19 in five major cities. In cases where flu tests were negative. Seattle, San Francisco, los Angeles, Chicago and New York. We want people to understand we likely will see more cases in the United States. Reporter: And on Friday, San Diego taking no chances. County public health officials declaring health and local emergencies out of an abundance of caution after two people who were on an evacuation flight from China tested positive for the virus. Well, those Americans on board will have to decide about that by tomorrow when the plane comes, but many tell us they're now scared for their health. They spent the last 11 days trying to avoid everyone and now they're about to get on a bus and a plane with potentially sick people. Guys. Amazing they got to go through a quarantine again. Maggie Rulli for us, thank you. We appreciate it.

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