March 11, 2020 / 7:35 AM / 25 days ago

British nationals from virus-stricken Grand Princess ship fly home

A British national from the cruise ship Grand Princess wearing a protective face mask walks to an ambulance after arriving at Birmingham Airport, as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world, in Birmingham, Britain March 11, 2020. REUTERS/John Sibley

LONDON (Reuters) - British passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship, which was stranded off the Californian coast for days due to an outbreak of coronavirus on board, are now on a U.S. flight back to Britain, the British government said on Wednesday.

“The flight, carrying 135 British nationals and their dependents, departed Oakland Airport at 2315 local time, and is expected to arrive in Birmingham Airport early this evening,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Princess Cruises has arranged travel for the passengers to return to their homes from the airport. They will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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