A Brit has described the eerie quiet aboard a quarantined cruise liner in Japan.

Pictures and footage on social media show the empty corridors, deserted lounges and barren deck of the Diamond Princess.

The ship is in quarantine in Yokohama, Japan, after it emerged a coronavirus patient spent a few days on the vessel.

Masked health workers clad in blue plastic gowns have been spotted roaming around the ship, while passengers stayed confined to their rooms.

British passenger David Abel said a newcomer would be shocked to discover there are actually 3,600 people aboard.

He said some of his fellow passengers ‘don’t give a damn about personal hygiene’ and slammed an American who had potentially spread germs at the dinner table.

Mr Abel added that medics had screened everybody after it came to light that an infected passenger flew into Tokyo and boarded the vessel.

Japanese authorities are racing to contain a potential spread of the superbug by isolating the ship and the thousands of people onboard.

The Diamond Princess ended its planned 14-day cruise early and is now docked off the coast of Yokohama.

Mr Abel added: “The only checks are hygiene at food time. Other than that staff are going about their business. You would not be aware there are 3,600 people onboard, that’s for sure.

“Staff are constantly cleaning and sanitizing public areas such as handrails and door handles. Passengers are requested not to use public toilets unless in emergency.

“The results from the health ‘samples’ taken will not be available until midnight. We are still anchored in the bay.

“The next announcement will be around 6:00 am local time. Nobody is able to book onward flights as we have no idea when quarantine will clear.”

An 80-year-old man, who was later diagnosed with coronavirus, boarded Carnival Japan Inc’s ship, in Yokohama on January 20 and disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25.

When the news emerged the ship was quarantined and guests underwent tests.

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While waiting to be screened, passengers were asked to stay in their cabins, where they answered a questionnaire and had their temperatures taken.

Carnival Japan, a unit of British-American cruise operator Carnival Corp, confirmed that the turnaround of the ship had been delayed by about 24 hours for authorities to review the health of all 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew onboard.

About half of those onboard were Japanese, a company spokeswoman said.