Passengers stuck on coronavirus-hit cruise ship Braemar in the Caribbean are to be flown home today.

The vessel has 28 passengers in isolation, having shown influenza-like symptoms.

This includes two people who tested positive for Covid-19 at the last port of call in Willemstad, Curacao, on Tuesday.

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Passengers who are considered not to be well enough to fly will be offered support and medical treatment in Cuba, according Fred Olsen Cruise Lines.

The company confirmed that flights to return passengers back to the UK will depart from Havana from this evening. 

Three chartered British Airways flights will land at Heathrow.

Passengers diagnosed positive for coronavirus, or have displayed any flu-like symptoms, plus their companions, will return on a separate flight secured in conjunction with the Foreign Office. 

“All guests on this flight will have medical professionals available and will have support with any onward travel arrangements or requirements,” the line said.

They will be required to self-isolate for 14 days once they have returned home.

The line added: “We are making arrangements for guests flying back to London Heathrow, including access to coach transfers to either London Gatwick or Manchester airports, where their outbound flights for this cruise departed from.

“Guests booked via a tour operator should wait to receive more information from them. 

“All guests on the British Airways flights into London Heathrow will not be required to self-isolate.

“We would encourage all guests to monitor the latest updates from Public Health England on their return home.”