British man who was on Diamond Princess ship dies in Japan

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    A British man who was on the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus, Japan’s Health Ministry says.

    He is the first British person to die from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus.

    Hundreds of people on board the liner became infected while it was held in quarantine off the port of Yokohama – and six have since died.

    It comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the UK rose to 19.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the government’s Cobra emergency committee on Monday in response to a growing number of cases in Europe.

    Earlier on Friday, three more cases of the virus were confirmed in the UK, including the first one in Wales.

    Two new patients in England contracted the virus while in Iran, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

    Public Health Wales said it was working to identify close contacts of the Welsh patient, who is believed to be from the Swansea area and was infected in northern Italy before returning to the UK.

    Northern Ireland also confirmed its first case on Thursday. Authorities said they have contacted passengers who sat near the woman on a flight from northern Italy to Dublin.

    More at BBC News

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