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UK News Coronavirus: 35 Britons on Diamond Princess cruise ship expected to fly home

23:00  21 february  2020
23:00  21 february  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

Coronavirus: British passengers stranded on Diamond Princess cruise ship could be flown home

  Coronavirus: British passengers stranded on Diamond Princess cruise ship could be flown home No 10 officials in contact with 74 UK passengers and crew on board Diamond Princess, which is docked in Yokohama, off the coast of Japan , to "establish interest" in a repatriation flight.It comes after pressure mounted on the Foreign Office to evacuate British nationals from the ship. On Sunday, the US charted two planes and flew home 340 of its citizens while other countries, including Canada, Hong Kong and Australia, have said they are organising flights to remove people from the ship.

Britons trapped on a coronavirus -hit cruise ship in Japan are preparing to disembark after 16 Their flight home is expected to land at Boscombe Down, a Ministry of Defence base in Wiltshire PHE said any of the ship 's passengers flying back to the UK will be asked to self-isolate when they return.

The four Britons on board the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for coronavirus will not be on the flight. David and Sally Abel from Northamptonshire have been documenting their time on the quarantined ship on Facebook. The couple are now being treated in a Japanese hospital after days

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Thirty-five Britons who have spent more than two miserable weeks trapped in a coronavirus quarantine on a cruise ship in Japan will board a repatriation flight to the UK over the weekend.

The aircraft bringing them home from Haneda airport in Tokyo will also carry a small number of EU citizens. The passengers are due to land at Boscombe Down Ministry of Defence base, near Salisbury.

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Of the 74 British passengers and crew who were on the Diamond Princess, only those without symptoms will be able to board the jet, and all of them will be taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for 14 more days of quarantine.

Coronavirus: UK government 'working' to evacuate Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers

  Coronavirus: UK government 'working' to evacuate Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers Officials scrambling to charter a plane and join other countries in bringing their citizens on bard Diamond Princess back home.Boris Johnson has come under mounting pressure from passengers on board to fly them home as the policy of keeping people on the cruise ship appears to have backfired. Another 99 passengers were confirmed as having the Covid-19 virus on Monday.

A rescue flight for Britons on a cruise ship plagued by coronavirus will leave Japan tomorrow, the Government announced today. About 70 British passengers who have been stranded on the quarantined Diamond Princess will depart Tokyo late on Friday evening and arrive back in the UK in

A British passenger being held on a cruise ship quarantined off Japan today issued an urgent appeal for rescue " Briton Trapped On Virus Liner Sends Plea To Richard Branson". It comes as concern were growing for British honeymooner Alan Steele who had been expected to leave quarantine at a

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Facing further quarantine

David Abel and his wife Sally have been live streaming videos from their cabin on the coronavirus-stuck cruise ship (Photo:PA Wire)

One passenger, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and has since been given the all-clear, joked that the experience would be like visiting a holiday camp. Honeymooner Alan Steele was taken to a Japanese hospital and has since tested negative for the virus and been reunited with his wife, Wendy.

"Wendy's test was negative so Butlins the Wirral here we come for 14 days," Mr Steele posted on Facebook.

Elaine Spencer, from Sittingbourne in Kent, another passenger who has been trapped on the ship, said she was "relieved" to be coming home. Asked how the Foreign Office had handled their repatriation, she said "slowly".

British couple test positive for coronavirus while trapped on luxury cruise ship in Japan

  British couple test positive for coronavirus while trapped on luxury cruise ship in Japan David and Sally Abel have been posting regular video updates online from on board the Diamond Princess in Yokohama. The pair were told they had the flu-like virus on Tuesday, and are due to be moved to either a hospital or hostel soon, according to The Mirror. They were on the cruise celebrating their wedding anniversary. Mr Abel,74, from Woodford Halse, Oxfordshire, wrote on Facebook: "There is going to be a time of quiet. We have been proved positive and leaving for hospital soon. Blessings all.

Saturday evening, Princess Cruises said 63 people had been diagnosed with coronavirus on board the cruise line 's Diamond Princess off the coast The ship is expected to depart Monday afternoon and has been changed from a Bahamas cruise to a Bermuda cruise , in light of the delayed departure.

British nationals on the coronavirus -hit Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan will finally be flown home on an evacuation flight on Friday. Those who are repatriated face another 14-day quarantine upon arrival in the UK after being stranded on the ship at a port near Tokyo since February 3.

British passengers have had to witness several countries, including the US and Australia, already send planes to take hundreds of their citizens home.

Since being kept on board the cruise liner in the port of Yokohama, a total of 634 passengers and crew have been infected, accounting for more than half of all the confirmed coronavirus cases outside of China.

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David and Sally Abel, two of the four Britons on board the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for coronavirus will not be on the flight. The couple, from Northamptonshire, are now being treated in a Japanese hospital after spending days shut in their cabin following their diagnosis with the virus.

In a Facebook post, Mr Abel said he and his wife were "in the best place" and said the couple will need to test negative for Covid-19 three times after treatment.

Thirteen people in UK have COVID-19: 4 new cases after cruise ship evacuees test positive

  Thirteen people in UK have COVID-19: 4 new cases after cruise ship evacuees test positive Four of the British and Irish evacuees who landed back in Britain from Japan yesterday have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the UK total to 13. © PA Coaches carrying cruise ship passengers arrived at Arrowe Park Hospital last night The virus was transmitted when they were on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.They are being transferred from Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral to specialist NHS infection centres, England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty said.

Japanese authorities are racing to contain a possible outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus after it was revealed that an infected passenger flew into Tokyo and spent a few days aboard a Princess Cruises ship , forcing authorities to lock down the vessel and quarantine thousands of people on board.

Dozens of Britons trapped onboard the coronavirus -riddled Diamond Princess cruise ship are finally being rescued as coaches have arrived to take them to the airport for an evacuation flight after almost 20 days trapped on the vessel. Officials in hazmat suits and face masks are waiting at the port to meet

Health advice

Meanwhile, Britons in Cambodia who left another cruise ship, the Westerdam, and who have been cleared for travel are being assisted by the Foreign Office to make their way home. The group is receiving health advice and being helped with commercial flight bookings. All have tested negative after one case was diagnosed on board. It is unclear how many Britons are returning and whether some British passengers had already returned.

The NHS has started testing people for coronavirus in their own homes in London and will roll this out to some other areas in the coming weeks, officials confirmed on Friday.

People still in quarantine due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus stand on balconies of the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama (Photo: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty)

It comes as GP practices are defying NHS England's desire for them not to suspend online booking due to the coronavirus. Since last year, GP practices are contractually required to offer a quarter of their appointments online but the British Medical Association (BMA) has urged NHS England to temporarily lift the requirement to ensure patients are triaged for coronavirus before presenting at practices.

British man quarantined on coronavirus cruise ship reported to have died

  British man quarantined on coronavirus cruise ship reported to have died The quarantined ship, off Japan's Yokohama port, has seen more than 600 coronavirus infections.The Foreign Office said it is investigating Japanese news reports that a British man who was aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus.

NHS England has refused the BMA’s request, saying it does not believe national suspension is a "proportionate response" currently, according to Pulse magazine.

The new coronavirus has been made a "notifiable disease" in Scotland, meaning medics must alert health boards if they suspect a patient is infected. Public health regulations were amended to place Covid-19 on the list of notifiable diseases north of the border, which also includes cholera, rabies, measles and tuberculosis.

Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood has written to NHS boards, medical practitioners and directors of diagnostic laboratories to make them aware of the changes.

British cruise ship passenger dies from coronavirus .
A British man has died after being infected with coronavirus while in quarantine in Japan on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan's health ministry said.He is the first Briton to die from the virus.

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