WORLD British passenger of virus-hit Japan ship dies: health ministry

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British passenger of virus-hit Japan ship dies: health ministry

AFP

21:59, February 28, 2020

A British man who was onboard a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship quarantined near Tokyo has died, Japan's health ministry said on Friday.

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This picture taken on February 24, 2020 shows crew members aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port. (Photo: AFP)

The ministry confirmed the man's nationality and death on Friday without giving any identifying details. 

The man was the first foreigner to have died from the illness after spending time aboard the Diamond Princess. Another five Japanese nationals on the vessel have died and more than 700 others tested positive for the disease.

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