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Feb 22, 2020
12:14PM

British govt begins repatriating citizens from virus-stricken Japan cruise ship

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The British government has begun repatriating its citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The ship has been quarantined off Tokyo for more than two weeks by Japanese authorities over the coronavirus outbreak. British Foreign Office said that the evacuation flight from Japan departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as the British government and medical staff. After arrival at Boscombe Down military base in southern England, the passengers will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined on February 5 when a passenger who left in Hong Kong was found infected with the virus. Hundreds of passengers have since been allowed to disembark this week after testing negative for the deadly virus. 

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