U.S. Citizens Evacuated from Virus-Hit Ship in Japan

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Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)--Two U.S. government-chartered planes left Tokyo's Haneda airport on Monday morning, carrying U.S. citizens who had been on a cruise ship quarantined at the port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo, amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

A total of 328 people, including family members of U.S. evacuees from the Diamond Princess ship, boarded the U.S. charter planes, according to the Japanese government.

The U.S. action was based on its "comprehensive assessment (of the situation), partly with a view to reducing the burden on Japan," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary committee meeting on the day.

"The United States was confident that Japan was handling the situation properly," Abe said.

Similar evacuation planes are also planned by Canada, Australia, Italy and Hong Kong, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press conference the same day.

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