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BBC News 18 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: British couple on cruise ship 'test positive'

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A British couple, quarantined on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Sally and David Abel are among 74 British citizens, on the vessel, the Diamond Princess.

Japanese officials say there are on-board 542 confirmed cases, making it the largest cluster outside China.

The UK Foreign Office says it's "working to organise a flight back to the UK" for British nationals.

Presented by Clive Myrie, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports.

Produced for the BBC News at Ten


At least 10 people on board a cruise ship docked in the Japanese port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, health authorities say.

Almost 300 of the 3,700 people on the Diamond Princess have been tested so far. The number of infected could rise.

The checks began after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man who had been on the ship last month fell ill with the virus.

Some 3,600 people on a second cruise ship docked in Hong Kong are also being tested.
David Abel is one of 3,700 people in quarantine aboard a cruise ship docked near Yokohama, Japan.

Ten people who tested have positive for coronavirus have been taken off the ship and to hospital, but everyone else must remain on board the Diamond Princess.
Vice President Mike Pence says 21 people on a cruise ship being held off San Francisco have tested positive for coronavirus. ( March 6)
BREAKING: 21 people on Grand Princess cruise ship docked off the California coast tested positive for coronavirus, including 19 crew members and two passengers, Vice Pres. Mike Pence says. 24 people tested negative. abcn.ws/2TMI4L6
At least 130 people have tested positive for the coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off the coast of Japan. Among the passengers on the vessel quarantined since the ship arrived in the port of Yokohama last week are Cheryl and Paul Molesky. Meanwhile, health authorities in China say more people there have fallen victim to the coronavirus. But thousands of people were allowed to disembark from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong after a four-day quarantine resulted in passengers testing negative for the virus.

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