A couple from Northamptonshire in quarantine onboard a cruise ship in Japan have confirmed they have proved positive for Coronavirus.

David Abel and his wife sally, who live in Woodford Halse near Daventry, have been stuck on the Diamond Princess since the outbreak but have now revealed they've been told they've been diagnosed with the illness.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Abel said: "There is going to be a time of quiet. We have been proved positive and leaving for hospital soon. Blessings all xxx."

Mr Abel announced the news on Facebook. Credit: David Abel/Facebook

However, he later added: "Frankly I think this is a setup! We are NOT being taken to a hospital but a hostel. That’s where partners are sent waiting out there quarantine.No phone, no wi-fi and no medical facilities. I really am smelling a very big rat here! Waiting for the transfer now."

The couple have been been keeping the world up-to-date with their situation via regular video posts on Youtube during their time on the ship.

The news comes on the day the government confirmed it's "working to organise" a flight back to the UK for all British nationals on board.

There are currently 74 Britons on the ship which has been docked off the coast of Yokohama since 3 February.

The Diamond Princess has been docked off the coast of Japan since early February. Credit: PA

“Given the conditions on board, we are working to organise a flight back to the UK for British nationals on the Diamond Princess as soon as possible," a Foreign and Commonwealth Office statement read.

“Our staff are contacting British nationals on board to make the necessary arrangements. We urge all those who have not yet responded to get in touch immediately.”