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Quarantine over for Diamond Princess cruise ship evacuees

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Evacuees from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship off will be allowed to go home today now that their 14 days in quarantine near Darwin is over.

Australians evacuated from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship off Japan will be allowed to go home today now that their 14 days in quarantine near Darwin is over.

The group of nearly 160 people will be flown on charter planes.

Among the original group from the Diamond Princess was WA man James Kwan, 78, the first Australian to die from the virus.

His wife was also infected and hospitalised.

Three buses leave Travis Air Force Base carrying passengers that were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

In total 10 people tested positive to coronavirus while quarantined at the Inpex workers camp at Howard Springs.

The group are mostly aged in their 60s and 70s, but some are over 80.

The evacuees were the second group of Australians to be evacuated to the camp for quarantine after a group from the epicentre of the virus, Wuhan in China, were taken there.

The number of confirmed cases in Australia has reached 50, including at least two cases of person-to-person transmission.

There have been at least 93,200 cases globally, with more than 80,000 in China, and more than 3200 deaths.

Diamond Princess cruise ship sitting at the Yokohama Port, Yokohama, Japan.

The federal government has flagged a plan to boost the economy, which has been damaged by the coronavirus' impact on tourism, education and other sectors.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Territory was facing at least a 10 per cent drop in visitation this year.

"We've done the right thing in helping out our fellow country people by taking in the Inpex workers village a lot of people who have been worried or scared about whether they had coronavirus or not," he told reporters.

"I would ask the Australian government to not forget the Northern Territory when they go to do their stimulus package."

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Source: 9News

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