American Woman On Second Cruise Ship Has Been Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Mary Papenfuss
Visitors walk past the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Americans who have not testes positive for the virus will be flown back home on chartered flights Sunday, but will face another two-week quarantine. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

An American woman from yet another cruise ship in Asia has been diagnosed with the coronavirus  — just as U.S. officials prepare to evacuate hundreds of U.S. citizens on a separate quarantined ship that has been docked off Japan.

An unidentified 83-year-old woman on the MS Westerdam that finally docked in Cambodia after being shunned by other countries was the first passenger onboard to test positive, health authorities revealed on Saturday, Reuters reported. She was cleared to leave the ship, but then tested positive later for the virus in Malaysia after flying there, reported The Washington Post.

Last week another American woman tested positive for the virus during quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has been docked since Feb. 4 in a Japanese port.

“It was like a punch in the gut,” Diamond Princess passenger Rebecca Frasure, 35, of Forest Grove, Oregon, told CNN Saturday. “I was so sure that this was going to come out negative,” she added, referring to the test.

Frasure is one of at least 24 Americans among 355 passengers who were infected with the virus on the ship. None of them can now board a flight to the U.S. with some 380 other American passengers the government plans to evacuate from the ship Sunday evening. Frasure will have to remain in the isolation unit of a Tokyo hospital. Others diagnosed with the coronavirus must also stay behind for treatment in Japan.

Frasure’s husband, Kent, remains on the cruise ship that began with 3,700 passengers and crew members docked off Yokohama, and it’s unclear what he will do.

American passengers who choose to be evacuated face an additional 14 days in quarantine once they land in the U.S. They will be flown to Air Force bases in California or Texas.

Americans on board were angry that officials took so long to take steps to get them off the ship as an increasing number of travelers have become infected. 

One passenger told The Daily News that she feels like a “sitting duck,”...

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