By Tim Stickings For Mailonline
Published: 07:08 GMT, 18 February 2020 | Updated: 07:22 GMT, 18 February 2020
British cruise ship passenger David Abel and his wife Sally have today tested positive for coronavirus in Japan.
The two British tourists are among 169 people confirmed to have the virus over the last 48 hours, taking the total on board the ship to more than 500.
They will now be taken to hospital on the mainland just a day before their lockdown on board the Diamond Princess was due to end.
'We have been proved positive and leaving for hospital soon. Blessings all,' said Mr Abel as he revealed his diagnosis today.
The 74-year-old has been providing regular updates from on board the ship but said there would now be a 'time of quiet'.
The UK government said today it was 'working to organise a flight back to the UK' for British passengers but it is unclear whether Mr and Mrs Abel will now be eligible.
British cruise ship passenger David Abel and his wife Sally (pictured in their cabin on the Diamond Princess) have tested positive for coronavirus in Japan
Mr Abel had been leading calls for the UK to organise a repatriation after the US pulled out its citizens and other countries lined up rescue flights.
The two Britons were among 3,711 people taken into quarantine when the ship arrived in Yokohama two weeks ago.
Passengers have been confined to their cabins amid a spiralling number of cases which has sparked growing