Four of the 32 cruise ship passengers taken to Arrowe Park, Merseyside, have tested positive for coronavirus, the Chief Medical Officer for England has announced.
The four have been shifted to specialist NHS infection centers.
British nationals who had been on the separated Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan had been flown back to the UK on Saturday and settled in quarantine.
Professor Chris Whitty said: ‘Four more cases in England have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), bringing the total figure of cases in the UK to 13.
‘The virus was carried on in the Diamond Princess Cruise ship and the patients are being transported from Arrowe Park to specialist NHS infection centers.’
The Department of Health said a ‘full infectious disease risk assessment’ was prepared before Saturday’s repatriation flight and that no-one who boarded the flight had shown any symptoms of the virus.
The cruise ship had been located in quarantine, after more than 600 confirmed coronavirus causes.
It happens after a third passenger onboard the cruise ship died from the virus. According to Japan’s health ministry, the reason of death was pneumonia. Two different passengers, a man and a woman in their 80s, died last Thursday.
It comes as Italy scrambles to control the expansion of the virus after the number of confirmed cases in the country soared to at least 133.
Italy now has the highest amount of cases of coronavirus outside Asia, with officials on Sunday stepping up actions to ban public gatherings, including holding Venice’s famed carnival events, which has drawn tens of thousands of revelers to a region that is now in the heart of the revolution.
Authorities said three people in Venice have tested positive, all of them in their late 80s and who survives in hospital in critical condition. Approximately all of Italy’s cases are gathered in the north, including the north-east Veneto region.
Until a fifth person has died in South Korea after being diagnosed.
With 123 new cases verified in the country, taking the total number to 556, South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on officials to take ‘unprecedented, powerful’ steps to fight the viral outbreak.