Coronavirus: Shropshire man on his honeymoon among 61 confirmed cases on cruise ship

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A Shropshire man on board a cruise ship has been diagnosed with the coronavirus while on his honeymoon.

Alan Steele, a passenger on the Diamond Princess which is quarantined off the coast of Japan, said he had contracted the illness and was being taken to hospital.

"Just to let you all know I have been diagnosed as having the virus and am being shipped to hospital," he wrote on Facebook.

"[I] would also like to say that at the moment I am not showing any symptoms so just possible (sic) a carrier.

"Will let you know how I am going on when possible."

Lorry driver, Alan Steele, 58, from near Market Drayton, told the Washington Post he married his wife Wendy last month and the couple had been celebrating with a cruise on the Diamond Princess.

Mrs Steele, a 51-year-old nurse, told the paper that her husband was due to start a new job on 10 February.

"I have demanded that they test me," she said. "I will not be separated from Alan."

The ship's operator Princess Cruises said a total of 61 people on board, including the one Briton, had tested positive for coronavirus.

Twenty of those infected passengers have been escorted off the luxury cruise liner for further treatment.

British passenger David Abel said he had been dining with Mr Steele before his diagnosis.

In a video on Facebook, he added: "He will almost certainly be leaving the ship today - real, real shame.

"I have no idea how he must be feeling... they're on their honeymoon.

"He will be going off in to quarantine in a medical facility and she has to stay on board the ship because she's not displaying symptoms.

"That's going to be really, really tough for him so just bear a thought for these passengers who just don't know what is going to be lying ahead of them."

About 3,700 passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess are being kept at the port city of Yokohama, about 25 miles from Tokyo.

Many have been consigned to their cabins, with one stranded tourist comparing the atmosphere to a "floating prison".

Princess Cruises said the quarantine on the ship is due to end on 19 February, barring "unforeseen developments".

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Of the 41 people who have most recently tested positive for the coronavirus, 21 are Japanese, eight American, five Canadian, five Australian, one Argentinian and one British.

The latest British case of the coronavirus comes after a third person in the UK was diagnosed with the illness, and is believed to have caught it in Singapore. It has been reported that this third patient is a middle-aged British man.

Two people in York were also diagnosed with the virus - one of them is a student at the University of York, while the other is related to them.

They are being treated at a specialist hospital unit in Newcastle.

Sky News

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