Brits stuck on coronavirus-hit cruise want to get home as food is ‘running out’

A Brit couple on a coronavirus-hit cruise say they just want to get home as food is limited.

There are thought to be more than 140 British nationals on board the Grand Princess, currently off the coast of California, after 21 people on board tested positive for Covid-19.

The ship is expected to dock in Oakland on Monday, but it was said that only passengers requiring treatment and state residents would be able to disembark.

Two Britons on the cruise ship have told of their frustrations at being stuck in their cabins since Thursday.

Neil and Victoria Hanlon, from Bridgwater in Somerset, said food is now being limited and they suspect they may not be repatriated to the UK until later in the week.


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Mr Hanlon told BBC Breakfast: "(We're feeling) very suppressed, very tired, fed-up. Just want to get home."

He added: "Food is very, very limited as well."

He said they'd had an email from the Government saying efforts were being made to try and get Britons a flight home, but added that it sounded like it might not be until the middle or end of the week.



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Asked how they feel about that, Mr Hanlon said: "Gutted."

Ms Hanlon said: "We just want to get back to Britain, really."

The Government has said it is "working intensively" to secure a repatriation flight for Britons currently stuck on the cruise ship.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are working intensively with the US authorities on arrangements for a flight for British nationals who are currently on the Grand Princess Cruise ship off the coast of California.

"We remain in close contact with the local authorities and will work with them on their plans.

"We are also in contact with the Grand Princess' staff, and are ready to support any British nationals who need our assistance."

The ship is operated by Princess Cruises, which also owns the Diamond Princess, which was placed into quarantine in Japan last month.

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