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Coronavirus: UK ‘working to organise flight’ for Britons trapped on quarantined cruise | World News

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The Foreign Office says it is “working to organise a flight” back to the UK for British nationals who remain trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship.

Those in quarantine on the Diamond Princess are being contacted to make the necessary arrangements, with a spokesperson adding: “We urge all those who have not yet responded to get in touch immediately.”

More than 70 British nationals have faced an anxious wait to find out whether they will be evacuated from the cruise liner, which remains docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan.

The Foreign Office had come under increasing pressure to bring them home after the US chartered two planes to repatriate 340 of its citizens – 14 of whom had been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Approximately half of all known cases of COVID-19 outside China have been found aboard the Diamond Princess, where about 450 people have tested positive since the cruise liner was ordered to stay under quarantine on 3 February.

Four Britons are among the confirmed cases, and they are currently in hospital in Japan.

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