Plane evacuating Americans from Diamond Princess cruise ship denied permission to land

Chaos erupted overseas as people in Ukraine have protested the arrival of evacuees from China as the number of coronavirus cases worldwide approaches 77,000.
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We have the latest on the coronavirus emergency this morning. Chaos erupting overseas as people in Ukraine protest the arrival of evacuees from China. This as the number of cases worldwide, listen to this, approaches 77,000 and the death toll now more than 2,000 people. Ian Pannell is in Yokohama, Japan, with the very latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Cecilia. Hundreds of passengers on board the "Diamond princess" here in Japan are expected to continue to flow off the ship over the next few days with growing concerns about the quarantine procedures that were carried out on board and now a significant new outbreak in Korea and as you say growing fears around the globe about the spread of the virus. This morning, panic and protests in Ukraine as it brings its sit sengs home in China. A false rumor that five of the returnees were infected with the virus sparked violent clashes with police. A sign of the spreading global fear around covid-19. And overnight a flight carrying 268 people from the "Westerdam" cruise turned away from landing in Turkey carrying several Americans forced to land in Amsterdam even though passengers have been cleared of the disease. This as more passengers disembark from the other cruise liner, the "Diamond princess" here in Japan. Japanese officials confirming the total positive cases of covid-19 aboard the ship now more than 630 passengers. Some health experts calling the quarantine on board a debacle after officials appeared to fail to hold the spread of the potentially deadly disease. I just think there was so much cross contamination. Reporter: More than 70 Americans were infected with the virus on the ship. Among them John Haering. He's still in Japan and doesn't know when he'll get home. I feel very alone and feel like I'm not represented. Reporter: John and his wife Melanie of Utah were both on board the "Diamond princess" but after John came down with the virus he was taken off last week to hospital. Someone said we'll take you to hospital but 15 minutes later they showed up at the door and said pack your bags. Reporter: Making the difficult decision to have Melanie leave her husband in Japan and evacuate with over 300 other Americans. Now frustrated by what he says is a lack of information from the U.S. Embassy. I'm going to wave my arm and keep waving my arm until someone contacts us. Reporter: This morning in South Korea, cases of coronavirus tripling in the last three days with 204 now infected. The outbreak in Korea is exactly what health officials have been worrying could happen next. One woman authorities are calling a so-called super spreader infecting dozens of people in her church. The number expected to go even higher, Michael. We'll turn to that breaking

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