Sixth passenger from Diamond Princess cruise ship dies from coronavirus

A sixth passenger from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who was quarantined in Japan because of the coronavirus died on Friday, according to Japan's health ministry.

The passenger, a man from Great Britain, was one of four British nationals who remained in Japan after testing positive for the virus.

He was the first Briton to die from the virus that was infected more than 80,000 people worldwide, The Guardian reports.


A spokesman for the U.K.'s Foreign Office said, "We are supporting the family of a British man who has died in Japan and are in contact with local authorities. Our sympathies and thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”

U.K. Health Minister Jo Churchill also commented on the passenger's death. 

“I haven’t had confirmation, but I was aware there was a gentleman who was very, very poorly," she said on BBC Radio 4's "World at One." 

"It is my understanding that this British national doesn’t in fact reside in the U.K., but lives elsewhere in the world," she added. "Our sympathies and thoughts are with [his family] at this difficult time."

In the U.K., there have been 19 reported cases of the coronavirus.

More than 700 passengers and crew who were on the Diamond Princess tested positive for the coronavirus.