Desperation grows aboard cruise ship with coronavirus

Dozens of new cases were confirmed Saturday on a ship containing hundreds of American passengers.
2:22 | 02/16/20

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Next, to Japan and the growing desperation onboard a cruise ship, where coronavirus cases are growing. Dozens of new cases confirmed today. And now word that hundreds of American passengers trapped onboard are about to be rescued. The U.S. Government set to airlift passengers directly from that ship right into another round of quarantine here at home. This is the first fatality from that sickness is confirmed in Europe. ABC's Maggie Rulli has the latest from Japan. Reporter: Tonight, the race to escape this quarantined cruise ship is on. A plane to take the nearly 400 Americans back to the U.S. Is landing today, but many are concerned that they'll have to spend an additional 14 days in quarantine on a U.S. Military base. Tensions are running pretty high after the announcement was made. Reporter: Princess cruises confirming 67 new cases of the new coronavirus on board, including five Americans, bringing the total infections on the ship to at least 285. The CDC says American passengers will have to go through additional screening before they can come to the U.S. The fact that more and more positive tests keep coming has made us lose a little bit of faith in this quarantine process. Reporter: There's believed to be an estimated 67,000 cases worldwide and at least 1,523 people have died, mostly in mainland China. In France, the first person outside of Asia has died. Officials saying an 80-year-old Chinese tourist had been in isolation since late January. The CDC says the risk to Americans is still low. The U.S. Announcing it will now be testing for covid-19 in five major cities in cases where flu tests were negative, in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. This is part of the multi-layered public health approach so that we have an early warning system in the event that the virus is spreading. Reporter: Health officials in Hawaii are on high alert after a Japanese man tested positive for the virus after spending nearly a week on the island of oahu. And tonight, we're getting a look inside this factory in South Dakota, working around the clock, making face masks and respirators to combat the global shortages of supplies. Passengers say they were told to get ready to leave as soon as tonight, but they tell us they still don't know exactly how this evacuation is even going to work. And Tom, it seems like day after day, the mood on this boat is filled with more fear and frustration. Tom?

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