Two Diamond Princess passengers die as Britain announces repatriation flight

TWO ELDERLY JAPANESE passengers who contracted the Covid-19 virus onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have died.

Japan’s NHK public television said both were Japanese and in their 80s. A Health Ministry official only confirmed that they had been previously taken to hospital in serious condition and had existing chronic diseases.

Hundreds of passengers began leaving the ship yesterday after the end of a much-criticised two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread the coronavirus among passengers and crew.

Results were still pending for some passengers who had been tested for the coronavirus that has infected tens of thousands of people in China and more than 540 on the ship.

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