Evacuation flight from Japan to arrive in UK

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 22: A bus carrying British passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leaves Daikoku Pier on February 22, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be allowed to disembark the cruise ship since Wednesday after two weeks quarantine period. More than 700 people in Japan have been infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)

An evacuation flight from Japan carrying 32 British and European passengers, as well as government and medical staff, will arrive in the UK on Saturday morning, the country’s Foreign Office announced late Friday night.

On Friday, 253 people who tested negative for novel coronavirus onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship disembarked the vessel after 14 days of quarantine docked in Yokohama port.

There are 31 passengers left onboard the ship.

On Thursday, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said an evacuation flight for British nationals on board the cruise ship would depart Tokyo on Friday.

“Details have been sent to those who have registered for the flight. We urge other British nationals still seeking to leave to contact us. We will continue to support British nationals who wish to stay in Japan,” Raab said.

Britons returning from Japan after being onboard the Diamond Princess will be isolated at Arrowe Park Hospital, on the Wirral in northwest England, for a 14-day quarantine period, the government said.

Source: CNN News


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