Transcript for Hundreds of Americans trapped on cruise ship rescued
We begin with the coronavirus emergency. Tonight hundreds of Americans are flying home from Japan, where they have been trapped on a cruise ship for two weeks. As more and more of their fellow passengers got sick around them. A convoy of buses pulling up after dark. The Americans greeted onboard by officials in hazmat suits. The buses finally leaving the dock under heavy security. Passengers looking out of the windows as they left. Two charter planes waiting at the Tokyo airport. One headed to a military base in California, the other to a base in Texas. All of them facing another two weeks in quarantine. The diamond princess, with more than 350 confirmed cases. The biggest cluster of cases outside of China. While in China, some 760 million people, nearly half the country, are reportedly under lockdown or travel restrictions. Here's Maggie Rulli. Reporter: Tonight, most of the Americans trapped onboard that quarantined cruise ship now flying home. We're exhausted but we're on the plane. Reporter: This is the announcement they were waiting for. Now calling, only those American guests from emerald deck. Reporter: Relief finally arriving after nearly two weeks in isolation aboard the diamond princess. Good-bye, diamond princess. Reporter: Americans lining up and boarding more than a dozen buses today. Officials in hazmat suits on board checking for symptoms of the new coronavirus. This is it. These are the buses that so many Americans onboard have been waiting for for nearly two weeks. They are finally heading home. 70 new cases of the virus have been confirmed onboard the ship, bringing the total number of infections to at least 355. The biggest cluster of cases outside China. The saga for these passengers is far from over. Once home, they'll face yet another 14-day quarantine. The evacuations happening amid new concerns. A boat docked in Cambodia, an 83-year-old American woman testing positive for the virus. Her husband has pneumonia. This, after hundreds of passengers from the ship had already departed to several countries, including the U.S. The virus has now claimed more than 1,660 lives and infected more than 69,000 people worldwide, mostly in China. Tonight, China's president XI jinping under fire. "The New York Times" reporting squadrons of neighborhood watchers in China are monitoring people's movements, enforcing the quarantines, spraying the streets with chemicals. 760 million people in China, more than half the country's population, are now facing lockdown or travel restrictions. Maggie, joining us from Japan. We know dozens of Americans could not get on the two flights home after some tested positive for the virus. And others are refusing to evacuate? Reporter: That's right. Authorities are closely watching all of the Americans, looking for any potential signs of the virus. At least 44 Americans have already tested positive. For any of them that chose to stay on the boat, they're not allowed back into the united States until March 4th at the earliest. Maggie, thank you. Next to the state of emergency in Mississippi. Parts of the state facing the worst flooding in 37 years.
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