The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said on Tuesday morning they are “working to organise” a flight back for some 74 British passengers quarantined on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The cruise ship is docked off the coast of Yokohama in Japan.
The FCO said in statement, “Given the conditions on board, we are working to organise a flight back to the UK for British nationals on the Diamond Princess as soon as possible,”
“Our staff are contacting British nationals on board to make the necessary arrangements. We urge all those who have not yet responded to get in touch immediately.”
A Number 10 spokesman earlier said, “We sympathise with all those caught up in this extremely difficult situation.
“The Foreign Office is in contact with all British people on the Diamond Princess, including to establish interest in a possible repatriation flight.
“We are urgently considering all options to guarantee the health and safety of those on board.”