British couple David and Sally Abel, who remain on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship stationed off the coast of Japan, said they have been given the option to leave and continue their quarantine ashore if they test negative for the Covid-19 virus.
In a video posted on Facebook, Mrs Abel said: “The Japanese health authorities have said if anyone tests negative, they will be given the option to either stay onboard and continue their quarantine onboard, or they could go to a Japanese housing unit or something and do it there.
“But for us, if that was the case for us, we’re obviously going to be better off language-wise staying onboard than we are if we go into some sort of facility run by Japanese.”
Mr Abel continued: “Passengers will have, providing we’re negative, we’ll have the option to go ashore to finish the quarantine or come onboard.
“We’ve both opted to come back onboard.”
The pair, who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, told Good Morning Britain they fear being separated if only one of them tests positive for the virus.