Brit infected with coronavirus on London flight by passenger she sat next to

A 65-year-old British woman has been diagnosed with the coronavirus after contracting the deadly disease on a flight from London to Vietnam.

The woman, who can not be named, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Cambodia, after boarding the Viking Cruise Journey in Kampong Cham.

Cambodia’s Minister of Health, Bun Geng, announced the new case at a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City.

Heng said the woman contracted the infection from a Vietnamese national who sat beside her as they travelled on the same flight.

The pair had travelled from England to Vietnam and the woman then travelled from Ho Chi Minh City in the Southeast region of Vietnam to the central Cambodian province of Kampong Cham to board the cruise.

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Cambodia’s Minister of Health Bun Geng called a press conference and said: "The woman contracted the novel coronavirus infection from a Vietnamese national who sat beside her as they travelled on the same flight and from England to Vietnam last week.

"The British woman then boarded the ship which left Vietnam on March 5 and arrived in Phnom Penh on 7th March."

Heng said Cambodian authorities had been warned five British tourists had had contact with a Vietnamese national suffering from COVID-19.

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He said three of the five were tested at Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital, with two others refusing to take the test.

Eventually, the woman agreed to take the test, and this is when the 65-year-old tested positive.

The minister said: "They agreed to do so when they reached Kampong Cham, and this is when we identified the 65-year-old British woman to be Covid-19 positive.

"Nevertheless, the infected lady is in good general health."

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She is reportedly being kept in quarantine in the Kampong Cham Provincial Referral Hospital.

The Viking Cruise Journey has been placed in quarantine on a river in the Kampong Cham province with all 34 crew members and 30 passengers on board.

Or Vandin, a spokesperson for Cambodia’s Ministry of Health, said they were working to identify those who had been in contact with the British woman, most urgently a translator.

The 65-year-old has become Cambodia’s third case of the virus and the national joins over 300 Brits who have tested positive.

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