Coronavirus: First British person dies from deadly disease - reports

THE first British citizen has reportedly died from coronavirus.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 1:37 pm
Updated Friday, 28th February 2020, 1:37 pm

The man was one of four people left behind on the Diamond Princess cruise ship which is currently quarantined in Japan, Kyodo News reports.

He becomes the first foreign passenger to die and brings the death toll on among passengers on the vessel to six.

Dozens of British citizens who tested negative for COVID-19 were evacuated back to the UK from the ship last week.

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The Diamond Princess cruise ship. Picture: PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images

The Diamond Princess has been in quarantine in Yokohama since early February.

A total of 705 passengers on-board the ship have tested positive for coronavirus.

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The Foreign Office said it is investigating Japanese news reports that a British man who was aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus.

Boris Johnson is to chair a meeting of the Government's Cobra contingencies committee on the coronavirus outbreak on Monday, Downing Street has said.

‘The Prime Minister is keen to chair Cobra on Monday to ensure that everything that can be done is being done,’ a No 10 spokesman said.

The Prime Minister spent four hours visiting Kettering Hospital during the night shift on Thursday night, the spokesman said.

Five pupils from a school in Portsmouth have self-isolated after returning from a ski trip to Italy.