Seventy-eight people from Britain face being left behind on coronavirus quarantine cruise ship, whilst the US is preparing to airlift all its 428 citizens back to America.
The pressure is piling on the UK government, as the 78 British people on the cruise ship will have to watch their fellow American passengers get evacuated home tomorrow. The cruise liner is currently docked in quarantine in Yokohama, however two US State Department-chatered planes will airlift American citizens out of there.
The infection has been spreading through the cruise ship and numbers have soared up to 285. It is believed that the Foreign Office is considering all options at the moment, but has not confirmed a US-inspired airlift.
David and Sally Abel who are on the cruise ship are so desperate to leave, they have appealed to Richard Branson to send out a plane to rescue them.
A Foreign Office spokesman has said: “We are urgently speaking to authorities in Japan and the UK. We are working around the clock to ensure the welfare of the British nationals on board”.