16 Indians tested for coronavirus aboard cruise ship Diamond Princess

Sixteen Indians have tested positive for coronavirus test aboard the cruise liner Diamond Princess. Diamond Princess was docked off Yokohama Port on February 3.

The Indian government is now making arrangements to bring back the rest of the Indians by a special flight on February 26. The Indian embassy in Japan has said that those fulfilling the conditions and consenting to repatriation to India will be facilitated by the Indian government.

Earlier details of the evacuation plan were shared by the government through an email. It said that the government of India will be sending a chartered aircraft to carry all Indian nationals onboard the Diamond Princess provided that the passengers don’t test positive in the PCR test conducted by the Japanese authorities.

The second condition was that the passengers will have to provide consent to return before the expiry of mandatory Japanese quarantine requirements.

Those who agree will undergo a 14-day quarantine in India. Before that, an Indian medical team too will conduct check-ups on the passengers to ascertain the medical conditions.

The special flight is scheduled for the evening of February 26. The Japanese authorities will be making arrangements from the passengers from Yokohama Port to Haneda Airport.

As per reports, there are a total of 138 Indians on board Diamond Princess. This includes 132 crew members as well.