First Brit Dies From Coronavirus On Diamond Princess Cruise Ship
A British man has died from coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan Health Ministry has confirmed.
The unnamed man is the first Brit to have died from the COVID19 virus, having contracted the disease abroad the ship.
It comes as news of a further two patients in England have tested positive for the virus, and two in Northern Ireland and Wales, bringing the total number of UK cases is 19.
Local Japanese media were the first to report the death, which is now the sixth death aboard.
The quarantined ship, which is docked off Japan's Yokohama port, has seen over 600 coronavirus infections.
The boat was carrying 3,700 tourists, including some 78 Brits, when it was quarantined after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was discovered to have the virus.
This morning, The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed that two more patients in England had contracted the disease from Iran.
This followed news of two confirmed cases in Northern Ireland and Wales, and on Thursday, of a further two Brits who had been passed on the disease from Italy and Tenerife.
On Wednesday, more than 300 workers have been sent home from their offices at London's Canary Wharf, while some schools have been forced to either close or send pupils home over fears of a coronavirus spread.
The patients are currently being treated in specialist NHS infection centres.
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