The 12 Israelis Wednesday began leaving the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship along with the citizens from 35 countries who were locked in their cabins for two weeks. The Israelis will fly home aboard a specially chartered plan, arriving on Thursday or Friday, to be taken by ambulances for another two weeks of quarantine at the Sheba Medical Center. The water, sewage and ventilation systems of this ward have been separated from the main hospital networks. Three Israelis who contracted the Covid-19 virus while aboard the ship remain in two hospitals in Japan, along with at least 542 other passengers who succumbed. Coronavirus has now claimed 2,004 lives in China.
The cruise ship hosted the largest outbreak of the virus outside mainline China. One passenger called it an “incubation” lab rather than a quarantine site and claimed that the quarantined passengers were victims of a human experiment.