Brit honeymooner on board quarantined cruise ship confirmed as having coronavirus

Ellen Manning

A British passenger on board a quarantined cruise ship has been confirmed as having coronavirus.

The Briton, who is believed to be on his honeymoon, is among 41 people who Princess Cruises confirmed had tested positive for the virus on the Diamond Princess, which is quarantined off Yokohama Bay in Japan.

Officers in protective gear enter the cruise ship Diamond Princess, where 10 more people were tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, to transfer a patient to the hospital after the ship arrived at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan February 7, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon REFILE - ADDING INFORMATION
A British passenger on board a cruise ship has tested positive for coronavirus (Picture: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon)

The announcement comes after a third person in the UK was diagnosed with coronavirus. That patient, reported to be a middle-aged British man, is understood to be the first UK national to contract the disease after apparently catching the illness in Singapore.

A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship (rear) is anchored, in Yokohama on February 7, 2020, as over 3,700 people remain quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus. - At least 61 people on board a cruise ship off Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the government said February 7, as thousands of passengers and crew face a two-week quarantine. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)
The Briton is among 41 people who have tested positive for coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess (Picture: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

A fellow passenger on the Diamond Princess said the Briton who tested positive for the virus was on his honeymoon and will be separated from his new wife as he is taken off the ship for treatment.

In a video posted on Facebook, David Abel said that he had been dining with the man, who was not named.

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He added: “He will almost certainly be leaving the ship today – real, real shame. I have no idea how he must be feeling... they’re on their honeymoon.

“He will be going off in to quarantine in a medical facility and she has to stay on board the ship because she’s not displaying symptoms.

“That’s going to be really, really tough for him so just bear a thought for these passengers who just don’t know what is going to be lying ahead of them.”

In a statement, Princess Cruises said: “Princess Cruises can confirm the nationalities of the 41 people who were tested positive for coronavirus are from Argentina (one); Australia (five); Canada (five), Japan (21); United Kingdom (one) and United States (eight).”

The company said the quarantine on the ship was due to end on February 19, barring any “unforeseen developments”.

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