A Brit couple trapped on the infamous coronavirus cruise ship have confirmed they have been tested positive for the killer disease.
David and Sally Abel, from Woodford Halse, Northants, have been tested positive for the coronavirus after becoming the voice of those trapped aboard the Diamond Princess in Japan.
He wrote on Facebook: "There is going to be a time of quiet. We have been proved positive and leaving for hospital soon. Blessings all xxx"
The Abels had been chronicling their experiences aboard the Princess Cruises' vessel with videos uploaded on social media.
It came as the 70 British nationals on the quarantined vessel were waiting to find out if they will be evacuated after the Government indicated they could be flown home.
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David had been begging the government to send a rescue plane to bring them home and then accused the UK Government of ignoring their pleas for help.
The 74-year-old who describes himself as a "staunch Tory" said he and his wife "no confidence" in Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
"When he [Johnson] just says 'keep calm, don't panic' – I'd like to see you in this situation, mate. I really would," he said.
The holidaymaker also directly appealed to Richard Branson, asking him to send a private plane to bring those Brits on board back to the UK.
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A Number 10 spokesman said on Monday those on board the Diamond Princess, which is docked in Yokohama off the coast of Japan, were being contacted about the possibility of a repatriation flight.
It comes as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is attempting to contact British passengers who had travelled on another cruise ship, the Westerdam, after a female guest tested positive when she left the vessel.
The FCO has faced pressure to fly home the 74 Britons on the Diamond Princess after the US chartered two planes and repatriated 340 of its citizens.
On Monday, the Japanese Health Ministry confirmed 99 more people on board have been diagnosed with the illness, bringing the total to 454.
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Four Britons with confirmed coronavirus are currently in hospital in Japan, according to the latest official figures.
A Number 10 spokesman said: "We sympathise with all those caught up in this extremely difficult situation.
"The Foreign Office is in contact with all British people on the Diamond Princess, including to establish interest in a possible repatriation flight.
"We are urgently considering all options to guarantee the health and safety of those on board."
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It comes after Sir Richard Branson said Virgin Atlantic was "in discussions" with the Government over whether he could help those stranded.
The couple's son David Abel renewed appeals for the Government to help his parents, who he fears may become separated in Japan.
Both are still awaiting the results of their own tests for Covid-19.
Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz said the firm has worked with authorities to send more doctors and nurses on board the ship and has helped fulfil 2,000 prescription requests.
However, there is still uncertainty over whether passengers will be able to leave the ship at the end of the 14-day quarantine period on Wednesday.
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The Government is currently tracing British passengers who were on board Holland America's Westerdam cruise ship, which is reported to have carried more than 100 passengers from the UK.
All passengers were allowed to disembark on Friday, when there had been no confirmed cases on board at the time.
A female guest, reported to be American, has since been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Malaysia.
It is understood that the FCO is not aware of any British nationals who travelled on the cruise ship who have been diagnosed with the virus.
An FCO spokeswoman said: "Our staff are providing consular assistance to British nationals in Cambodia who have travelled on the Westerdam cruise ship and are working with the operator to establish contact with those who have recently disembarked."
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Meanwhile, the Government has block-booked the Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel hotel as a potential quarantine zone for international visitors to the UK who develop coronavirus, or for Britons evacuated from overseas.
As of Monday afternoon, 4,501 people in total have now been tested for Covid-19 in the UK, of which nine have come back positive.
Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance saying that no restrictions or special control measures are needed while tests for Covid-19 are carried out on a suspected case.
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While a pupil or staff member suspected of coming into contact with the virus is being tested, the guidance says no action is needed.
If a case of the virus is confirmed, then health protection teams would trace those at risk.
Nine people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19, with eight of those patients now discharged from hospital.
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Meanwhile, the death toll in mainland China rose by 105 to 1,770, in figures announced early on Monday morning.
The number of people infected globally stands at 68,500, according to the country's National Health Commission.
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