According to reports, six-persons, who contracted coronavirus from Diamond Princess, a luxurious cruise ship, died. An 80-year-old, who was one of them, is the first British national to have died due to the deadly virus.

The septuagenarian had travelled with a female partner to Japan. Family members of the victim have been informed and are in regular touch with officials from Japan.

UK health minister Jo Churchill is aware of the development and offered her condolences.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been stranded off the Japan Coast near Tokyo since February 3. There is widespread panic due to the fear that coronavirus could affect those on land after a passenger who got off the ship in Hong Kong, reportedly tested positive.

The officials are making an all-out effort to contain the spread of the virus on board. 3,700 passengers, including 78 Britishers, had to stay put in their rooms since February 5. Meanwhile, the cruise ship office has expressed condolences over the death of its passengers.