Coronavirus: British man on Diamond Princess cruise ship dies from virus, according to reports

The first British man has died from coronavirus on-board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was hit by an outbreak of the disease, according to local reports from Japan.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 1:34 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th March 2020, 2:51 pm

The man is the sixth person on the ship to die from coronavirus, and the first British person.

More than 600 passengers on the quarantined ship, off Japan’s Yokohama post, have coronavirus infections.

A woman believed to be in her 70s was the fifth person to die on the ship.

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The quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship sits docked at Daikoku Pier on February 19, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

The Diamond Princess cruise was carrying 3,700 people when it was quarantined on February 5 after a man who disembarked in Hong Kong was ofund to have the bug.

78 of the passengers on board were British.

Earlier today Wales announced their first case of coronavirus, bringing the number of cases on UK soil to 19.

The Foreign Office said it was investigating the reports.