Coronavirus honeymoon couple released from UK quarantine

A Shropshire honeymoon couple who were caught up on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship have been released from quarantine in the UK.

Alan Steele and Wendy Marshall Steele appearing on ITV's This Morning today. Image: ITV
Alan Steele and Wendy Marshall Steele appearing on ITV's This Morning today. Image: ITV

Alan Steele and his wife Wendy Marshall Steele said they were 'very lucky' after the third death was confirmed in Britain in recent days.

They spent 14 days at Arrowe Park hospital on the Wirral, after returning home from Japan.

Lorry driver Mr Steele, from Little Drayton, and his new wife had been on board cruise liner Diamond Princess for their honeymoon in February.

But after testing positive for coronavirus on the ship he was taken to hospital in Tokyo on February 6, while his wife remained on the ship.

Wendy and Alan Steele pictured on their wedding day in Little Drayton. Photo: Amanda Reynolds

He remained in hospital for two weeks, despite continuing to show no symptoms. It was believed he may have just been a carrier.

He was eventually released from hospital on February 19, but revealed when he flew back to the UK he would then have to spend a further two weeks in quarantine, along with Wendy.

After Wendy, from Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton, was released from quarantine, they both flew back to the UK on February 22 and were taken straight to the Wirral for a further 14 days in quarantine.

The couple appeared on ITV's This Morning today to speak of their experiences in quarantine.

This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby speak to the couple. Image: ITV

The couple’s wedding photographer and friend, Amanda Reynolds, told the Shropshire Star Alan and Wendy were over the moon to be released from quarantine.

She added: "I can’t wait to see them both. It has been a long time coming – and I can finally give them their wedding photos!”

Mr Steele revealed on Facebook on Friday that he would be released from quarantine at some point over the weekend.

He said: “Just been informed that the last test was negative so get freed tomorrow night whooopy.”

But he revealed on Facebook on Friday that he would be released from quarantine at some point over the weekend.

He said: “Just been informed that the last test was negative so get freed tomorrow night whooopy.”

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