Troubling new developments about cruise ship in Japan

Two passengers from a cruise ship quarantined in Japanese waters have died from the novel coronavirus, officials said.
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desperate btle to contain the coronavirus. And an alarming new headline tonight about how easily this virus can spread. Authorities in South Korea now identifying a woman who they believe has potentially infected nearly 40 others. Shutting down a major city there. While back here in the U.S. Tonight, four patients who have tested positive have now been flown to a highly secure bio-containment unit, this time in Spokane, Washington. Here's ABC's Ian Pannell tonight. Reporter: Tonight, this isolation unit in Spokane, Washington, used for the first time, to care for four patients with covid-19. The former passengers from the diamond princess taken by ambulance today from Travis air force base. We have a specialized team that trains and drills regularly to safely care for patients in situations just as these. Reporter: It comes as we learn of the first two deaths from the cruise ship. A Japanese couple in their 80s who were hospitalized days ago. Passengers who tested negative for the virus now trickabling off the ship. But now a warning from the Japanese doctor who slammed his government's handling of the quarantine. These people who disembarked should be monitored for an extra 14 days, possibly avoiding the contact with other people. Reporter: But those passengers can't return to the U.S. For two weeks. When he left the ship, Carl Goldman thought he was healthy, but was hit with a high fever on the flight home. We can go for days feeling fine. It hits very, very, very fast. Reporter: He's now being treated for the virus in this bio-containment unit in Omaha. We could have been exposing so many people to the virus, not knowing we had it. Reporter: Over seven weeks, covid-19 has spread to 29 countries and territories, killing more than 2,000 and infecting more than 75,000. Mostly in China. Tonight, 2.5 million residents in one Korean city ordered to stay indoors after a woman, who authorities called a super spreader, infected dozens in her own church. So, concerns in Seoul, but also concerns here in Japan, where people have been advised, those passengers coming off the ship, to self-quarantine, amid some questions that those who are now leaving, perhaps passing through this airport, could still be carrying the virus. David? All right, Ian Pannell tonight.

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