Flight carrying 214 Britons trapped on cruise ships affected by coronavirus in Florida, back to Heathrow

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British nationals trapped on two cruise ships involved in a bitter conflict against coronaviruses have returned to the country.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab confirmed that a charter flight carrying 214 British passengers from the cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam had landed at Heathrow.

Vacationers on cruise ships when involved in dispute after Florida officials were reluctant to let ships dock for fear that catching more Covid-19 patients would further burden already stretched hospitals of State.

Holland America Line guests disembarked the Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam in Florida, United States, Friday after a battle between federal and state officials.

British nationals trapped on two cruise ships involved in a bitter coronavirus conflict returned to Heathrow earlier today.

British nationals trapped on two cruise ships involved in a bitter coronavirus conflict returned to Heathrow earlier today.

Vacationers were on cruise ships when they became involved in a dispute after Florida officials were reluctant to let the ships moor for fear of taking more Covid-19 patients

Vacationers were on cruise ships when they got involved in a dispute after Florida officials were reluctant to let the ships moor for fear of taking more Covid-19 patients

The Zaandam is pictured arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday. Coronavirus ship carries 1,045 passengers and crew

Many of the 200 British nationals caught in the saga boarded a charter flight which left Fort Lauderdale Airport shortly after 3 a.m. local time on Saturday.

The flight, via the Spanish charter company Privilege Style, landed at London Heathrow at 4.44 p.m.

Almost all of the passengers were seen wearing face masks as they made their way to the arrivals lounge.

Posts to a Facebook group created for passengers to share updates indicate that some people have not yet been allowed to go home.

The flight, via the Spanish charter company Privilege Style, landed at London Heathrow at 4.44 p.m.

The flight, via the Spanish charter company Privilege Style, landed at London Heathrow at 4.44 p.m.

Almost all passengers were seen wearing face masks as they headed for the arrivals lounge

Almost all passengers were seen wearing face masks as they made their way to the arrivals lounge

Holland America Line previously stated that guests with symptoms of coronavirus “will stay on board and disembark at a later date”.

Charter flights also repatriate customers to Toronto, Atlanta, San Francisco, Paris and Frankfurt, according to the American news site Business Insider.

More than a dozen Covid-19 cases have been reported on Zaandam, plus 190 people with flu symptoms.

Four people died on board the Zaandam, two of whom were officially diagnosed with the coronavirus.

MS Rotterdam is pictured arriving at the port after the twin ship Zaandam. The boat is photographed off the coast of Florida before arriving in the city. 1381 people on board the ship

MS Rotterdam is pictured arriving at the port after the twin ship Zaandam. The boat is photographed off the coast of Florida before arriving in the city. 1381 people on board the ship

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he was only interested in accepting the 49 Floridians on cruise ships

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he was only interested in accepting the 49 Floridians on cruise ships

Trump said on cruise ship passengers at a White House press conference, `` They're dying, so we have to do something ''

At a White House press conference, Trump said of cruise ship passengers, “They are dying, so we have to do something”

Earlier this week, the ship unloaded its healthy passengers on the Rotterdam.

Florida officials were reluctant to allow the ships to dock – lest welcoming more Covid-19 patients would clog state hospitals until U.S. President Donald Trump intervened to approve mooring for humanitarian reasons.

The four included British driver John Carter, 75, who died on March 22. His cause of death has not yet been officially revealed, but he is said to have been ventilated in his final days.

The Zaandam, which started its cruise in Buenos Aires on March 7, has been denied entry to several ports in Latin America after its coronavirus cases appear.

Passengers on both ships were finally cleared on Friday to land in Fort Lauderdale.

Fourteen seriously ill patients were transported out of Zaandam on stretchers to be transported to local hospitals before disembarking their traveling companions.

The asymptomatic patients, after being examined and cleared by paramedics, were taken by bus directly to the local airport, escorted by police on motorbikes.

Before disembarking from the ships, passengers were instructed to wear face masks at all times while traveling and to be quarantined immediately upon return home.

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