A chartered flight that arrived in Tokyo, Wednesday, carrying 206 evacuees from virus-hit Wuhan City of China has 5 Japanese citizens ill onboard, as per reports. The two Japanese nationals airlifted from the epicenter of the Coronavirus epidemic were detected with pneumonia-like symptoms, while the rest three were diagnosed with symptoms of fever and cough and are reportedly being monitored at a designated hospital for Coronavirus infection.
Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan said that the evacuees were requested by the authorities to accommodate in a hotel after a thorough check-up. Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, reportedly told a parliamentary session that the government was in the process of establishing if any evacuees from the charter plane were infected with the Wuhan virus and containment measures are explored to resist outbreak.
According to the Health Ministry of Japan, 7 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported within the country that includes an infection case of a Japanese tour bus driver in his 60s from Nara prefecture who came in contact with Chinese visitors. He was reportedly the first confirmed case of transmission inside Japan in coronavirus epidemic.
The seventh case is reportedly a woman in her 40s, resident of the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province who visited Hokkaido city in Japan on January 21 and was touring the city. The ministry of Japan said that the Japanese driver began started depicting pneumonia symptoms on January 11 and was hospitalized after 11 days, he had been in close contact with 18 Chinese citizens, suggested a report. The virus has been reported as 'severe' according to the reports from the Chinese Health Officials as its contagion begins even before the symptoms detected on the carrier.
(with inputs from agencies)