TOKYO (AP & WSYR-TV) – The U.S. Embassy in Japan says Americans aboard a quarantined ship will be flown back home on a chartered flight Sunday.
About 380 Americans are aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has been docked at Yokohama, a port city southwest of Tokyo.
That group of Americans includes two Central New York couples, who NewsChannel 9 spoke to earlier this week.
Both Cheryl and Paul Molesky of Syracuse and Cindy and Peter Molesky of Rome have been quarantined on the ship since it arrived in Yokohama on February 4. The couples had originally planned to vacation around Asia.
Passengers can choose to stay aboard the ship. It is not clear what the Molesky’s plan to do. Chery and Paul had hoped to continue their trip around Japan after the quarantine was lifted.
Cheryl Molesky told NewsChannel 9 via Facebook messenger Saturday morning the group will be heading back to the U.S.
So far, 218 people from the ship have tested positive for COVID-19, previously known as the novel coronavirus.
The embassy says the aircraft will arrive in Japan late Sunday, and people will be flown to Travis Air Force Base in California, with some passengers continuing to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
For a timeline of the Diamond Princess quarantine events, click here.
After arriving in the U.S., all ship passengers will need to go through another two weeks of quarantine.