Brits on coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan due to land in UK this morning

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The plane chartered by the British government has departed Japan

A repatriation flight containing more than 35 passengers who spent over two weeks trapped on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan has taken off and is expected to land in the UK this morning.

Thirty-two British and European nationals, government and medical staff, will land in Boscombe Down Ministry of Defence base, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday morning.

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Some 634 passengers and crew caught the COVID-19 virus aboard the ship, which makes up more than half the confirmed cases outside of China.





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