Brits onboard a cruise ship where dozens have become infected with the coronavirus are set to be evacuated after the UK Government announced it was "working to organise" a flight home.

A statement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: "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."

it continued: "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."

The Government had faced enormous pressure to fly home the 74 Brits on the Diamond Princess after the US chartered two planes and brought home 340 of its citizens.

Barriers around the Diamond Princess cruise ship
Passengers on the Diamond Princess have been under quarantine since January 31

On Monday, the Japanese Health Ministry confirmed 99 more people on board have been diagnosed with the illness, bringing the total to 454.

Four Britons with confirmed coronavirus are currently in hospital in Japan, according to the latest official figures.

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CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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 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.

Nine people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19, with eight of those patients now discharged from hospital.

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