Ben Shephard asks couple stuck on Coronavirus ship if they’re getting frisky

Ben Shephard had a very cheeky question for a couple stuck on a Coronavirus hit cruise ship on today's Good Morning Britain.

David and Sally Abel, who are trapped in their room on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, spoke to the presenter live from their room.

The ship went into lockdown off the coast of Japan a week ago – with 218 cases of Coronavirus now confirmed on board – as the Oxfordshire couple's dream holiday turned into a nightmare.

After revealing their fears about being separated if one of them is infected, Ben asked if they would be getting frisky on Valentine's Day.

The presenter asked: "It is Valentine's Day tomorrow. Will there be a wry smile between the two of you to celebrate? A little bit of romance still in that cabin of yours?"


Grinning David replied: "You never know, yes."

Pointing out that it is not "the love boat", red-faced Kate Garraway apologised: "Goodness me, what is he like David and Sally?"

Ben added: "That charm is one of the reasons you're a loving couple right up til now."



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Once the interview had ended, Ben saucily said: "When the boat's a rockin' don't come a knockin'."

When Sean Fletcher asked if that was "really necessary", Kate added: "Stop it. Where's the ejector seat?"

Earlier on, the couple admitted that it was "getting tougher" on the cruise ship and 55 doctors and 45 nurses had joined them on board.


They are worried that they will be separated if one of them is found to have Coronavirus but the other does not.

Sally revealed: "My biggest fear is we are going to be tested in the next couple of days because of our age. They've done the over 80s and are now doing the over 70s.

"We've been together for 50 years. If one of us is infected and the other isn't we will be separated. That I don't particularly relish."

David added: "That's the biggest fear. Couples of our age have been separated. Two honeymoon couples have been split up. It's not good for any of us. It really isn't. It's horrible."

The couple are controversially deciding to stay on board the ship, admitting some people may think they are "mad", because of the "language and food".

They are not in direct contact with anyone and put masks on to receive food and go out to the balcony.

Praising the staff, David said: "Princess Cruises can't be blamed for any of this. I want to make it absolutely clear to the world.

"The captain of this ship and Princess Cruises' head office have been amazing. Really stepped up to the plate and more. What they're doing for us as passengers is incredible."

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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