Repatriation flight for Britons stuck in Japan on the Diamond Princess gets the go-ahead for Saturday morning

The Brits stuck on board are "relieved and happy" to finally leave the doomed vessel.

An evacuation flight for Britons trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan has been booked for tomorrow morning the British embassy has said.

About 70 UK nationals who have spent 16 days in quarantine on the liner had originally expected to fly home on Friday but the flight was “logistically complicated” but can now leave on Saturday, the embassy says.

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The group are expected to land in Wiltshire before being quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral.

More than 620 people on board the Diamond Princess tested positive for the virus, the largest cluster of cases outside China.


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