Coronavirus: Evacuation flight for Britons on Diamond Princess due to land

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People boarding evacuation flight at Haneda AirportImage copyrightReuters
Image caption The plane set off from Haneda Airport, Tokyo, late on Friday evening (GMT)

A plane carrying Britons who had been trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan is on its way to the UK, the Foreign Office has said.

Some 78 Britons were on the Diamond Princess cruise liner when it was quarantined in Yokohama 16 days ago.

The Foreign Office said 32 British and European passengers were on board an evacuation flight, along with medical staff and British government officials.

The plane is due to land in the UK on Saturday morning.

It took off from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport late on Friday evening (GMT).