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British passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise liner, where hundreds have tested positive for coronavirus, have pleaded with the UK Government to to evacuate them after the US, Canada and Hong Kong announced they would move their citizens off the ship.

David Abel, who is among the 78 Britons stuck on the ship since February 3, said that he feels “completely overlooked, neglected and forgotten” and asked the Government: “Don’t you want your people home? I’ve never felt less loved by my own country than right now.”

In a Facebook post on Sunday he said: “Can I tell you, UK, how this makes me really feel? If feels like we have been forgotten, that you don’t really care about us and that you don’t really want us to come home.”

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