Evacuation of Diamond Princess Set Off Race for U.S. Hospital Beds

The evacuation of Americans from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan turned into a sprint to find hospital beds after 14 evacuees tested positive for the new coronavirus, in a test of U.S. public-health readiness to handle an influx of cases.

“We had a plan,” said Scott Lee, an official with the federal health agency that coordinated the response with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State Department. The plan changed at the last minute “based on reality,” he said.

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