British couple on cruise ‘test positive for virus’

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Two Britons on the ship, Sally and David Abel, have told their son they have tested positive for the virus

A British couple who have been on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for coronavirus, their son has told the BBC.

Sally and David Abel, from Northamptonshire, are among 74 British nationals on the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined on 3 February.

The Foreign Office said it was “working to organise a flight back to the UK” for British nationals.

An evacuation is expected to take place within the next two to three days.

On Tuesday, Japanese officials said there were 88 new cases of infection on board the ship, bringing the total to 542 corroborated examples. It is the largest cluster of cases outside China.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office said it had “the utmost concern” for the British people on the ship and was “ensuring those who have been diagnosed with coronavirus receive the highest possible care in Japan”.

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