Irish singer and musician Rebecca Harkin is in quarantine in Australia after being evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan earlier this week.

Ms Harkin and her partner were working as musicians on the cruise ship and were evacuated to Australia along with many others on board.

They will spend 14 days in quarantine in Darwin. 

In a tweet, Ms Harkin said they are "both healthy and safe" and she "cannot thank enough" the staff in Darwin who are looking after the evacuees.

The Diamond Princess, which carried almost 4,000 passengers and crew when it began its voyage, has been under quarantine since earlier this month.

Earlier this week, authorities said the total number of positive cases on the ship had risen to 621.

Two elderly passengers from Japan subsequently died in hospital after being evacuated from the ship for treatment.

A repatriation flight carrying 32 British and European passengers evacuated from the cruise ship landed today at a Ministry of Defence base at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, the British Foreign Office said.

The ship is the biggest coronavirus cluster outside of China, where the death toll has risen to over 2,000, with more than 75,000 infected.

The Diamond Princess arrived off Japan on 3 February, after it emerged a former passenger had tested positive for the virus.


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