Israelis who were on 'coronavirus cruise' take off from Japan to Israel

Earlier on Thursday, another one of the Israeli passengers was found to have contracted the virus and was taken off the ship to a Japanese hospital for further treatment.

The Israelis who were aboard the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship after disembarking (photo credit: Courtesy)
The Israelis who were aboard the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship after disembarking
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The 11 Israelis who have not contracted the coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have disembarked and were on their way to a private plane ahead of their flight back to Israel.
Upon disembarking, they were greeted by Israeli Health Ministry officials. Afterwards, they got on a military bus that took them directly to the plane, which will take them back home. The plane was expected to take off at 9 p.m. Tokyo time and arrive in Israel on Thursday night.
The Israelis who were aboard the "Diamond Princess" cruise ship sing "Am Yisrael Chai" on their way to the plane that would take them back to Israel
The Israeli passengers only received an hour notice to pack their belongings and were later allowed to disembark.
Earlier on Thursday, another one of the Israeli passengers was found to have contracted the virus and will be taken off the ship to a Japanese hospital for further treatment.
"I'm still in my room; my wife and brothers are disembarking," the last Israeli to have been infected said.
So far, four of the 15 Israeli passengers have contracted the virus.

Israel was getting ready to receive the remaining 11 healthy travelers.
A special wing in Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer has been created to house the passengers and keep them under quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the country, which is expected to be around 3 a.m. Friday morning.