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Coronavirus LIVE updates: Brits WON’T board evacuation flight today as government delays departure

BRITS trapped on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, where two passengers contracted coronavirus and died, face a delay to them returning home.

The evacuation flight was due to depart today, however, the British Embassy has now said the "logistically complicated" flight will leave tomorrow.

Brits were originally told they would return on Friday, with the Foreign Secretary urging British nationals to register for the evacuation flight.

In a statement, Dominic Raab said: “We've organised an evacuation flight for British nationals on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship to depart Tokyo on Friday.

“Details have been sent to those who have registered for the flight. We urge other British nationals still seeking to leave to contact us.

“We will continue to support British nationals who wish to stay in Japan."

There were 78 Brits on board the Diamond Princess when it was quarantined on February 5 after a man was found to have the virus when he disembarked in Hong Kong.

More than 620 people on board the cruise liner have tested positive for the condition.

The scale of infection on the Diamond Princess ship, which was carrying 3,700 passengers, is the largest cluster of cases outside China.

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