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UK: Diamond Princess evacuees arrive at quarantine hospital

United Kingdom, Birkenhead
February 22, 2020 at 20:26 GMT +00:00 · Published

Three coaches carrying 30 UK and two Irish citizens arrived with a heavy police escort at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral on Saturday evening, where they will be quarantined following their evacuation from the coronavirus (COVID-19)-struck Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The group had landed earlier in the day at RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire after a 12-hour flight from Japan.

The four Britons onboard the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for coronavirus were not on the flight.

The passengers will spend a further 14 days in quarantine at a residential block adjacent to the hospital where previously two groups of people travelling from China had been quarantined. The Diamond Princess returnees will undergo further health checks at the facility.

The UK nationals who contracted the virus on board the cruise ship were not among the returnees, with those flying home having tested negative for the illness.

Only British nationals who have displayed no symptoms of COVID-19 were allowed to fly back to the UK.

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Three coaches carrying 30 UK and two Irish citizens arrived with a heavy police escort at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral on Saturday evening, where they will be quarantined following their evacuation from the coronavirus (COVID-19)-struck Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The group had landed earlier in the day at RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire after a 12-hour flight from Japan.

The four Britons onboard the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for coronavirus were not on the flight.

The passengers will spend a further 14 days in quarantine at a residential block adjacent to the hospital where previously two groups of people travelling from China had been quarantined. The Diamond Princess returnees will undergo further health checks at the facility.

The UK nationals who contracted the virus on board the cruise ship were not among the returnees, with those flying home having tested negative for the illness.

Only British nationals who have displayed no symptoms of COVID-19 were allowed to fly back to the UK.

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