Taiwan evacuees from Diamond Princess released from quarantine (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/07/2020
By: Liu Chien-pang, Christie Chen and Frances Huang

Magician Chen Jih-sheng (front left) hugs his mother after leaving the quarantine venue

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) The 19 Taiwanese evacuees from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship were released from quarantine early Saturday, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

They were discharged after none of them were confirmed as having contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) following a third round of testing a day earlier. The previous two rounds of testing also came back negative.

The Taiwanese were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise liner off Japan's coast last month after the coronavirus was detected in a passenger who had disembarked.

They returned to Taiwan on the night of Feb. 21 on a charter flight from Tokyo and were subsequently placed under quarantine on Feb. 23 for 14 days at a designated facility.

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