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Nottinghamshire couple on coronavirus cruise ship return to the UK

A Nottinghamshire couple who have been trapped on the coronavirus-stricken cruise ship in Japan for weeks have returned to the UK.

Alan Sandford and his wife, Vanessa, have been trapped on the Diamond Princess vessel since it was quarantined in a port near Yokohama more than two weeks ago on February 5.

All 3,700 passengers were forced to stay on the ship in an attempt to contain the outbreak of Covid-19.

All 3,700 passengers were forced to stay on the ship in an attempt to contain the Coronavirus outbreak Credit: AP

A flight bringing British evacuees from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship arrived on Saturday morning (22nd Feb) after leaving from Japan.

Thirty-two British nationals are on board the plane, which was delayed until Saturday. A small number of nationals from European nations will also be on the flight, alongside British government medics, it is understood.

The number of Britons on the aircraft is lower than the 78 initially expected; some are in hospital while others will remain on the vessel.

The aircraft is due to land at Boscombe Down Ministry of Defence base, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, with passengers to then be taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for 14 days of quarantine.

It is understood some British nationals who are part of the Diamond Princess crew opted to remain. Some did not register for the flight and others have returned to their homes overseas, while a number boarded an evacuation flight to Hong Kong where they live.

The four Britons on board the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for coronavirus were not on the flight.

Meanwhile, Britons in Cambodia who left another cruise ship, the Westerdam, and who have been cleared for travel, are also being assisted by the Foreign Office to make their way home.

All have tested negative after one case was diagnosed on board.