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Remaining Diamond Princess evacuees heading home after completing 14-day isolation near Darwin

The coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan. Source: AAP

The remaining Diamond Princess cruise ship coronavirus evacuees are heading home after spending 14 days in isolation near Darwin.

Australians evacuated from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship off Japan will be allowed to go home on Thursday, having completed 14 days of quarantine near Darwin.

The group of nearly 160 people will be flown on charter planes.

Among the original group from the Diamond Princess was WA man James Kwan, 78, the first Australian to die from the virus.

His wife was also infected and hospitalised.

Ten people tested positive to coronavirus while quarantined at the Inpex workers camp at Howard Springs.

The group are mostly aged in their 60s and 70s, but some are over 80.

Evacuees from the coronavirus-struck cruise ship Diamond Princess meet with authorities after returning to Australia.
Evacuees from the coronavirus-struck cruise ship Diamond Princess meet with authorities after returning to Australia.
AAP

The evacuees were the second group of Australians to be evacuated to the camp for quarantine after a group from the epicentre of the virus, Wuhan in China, were taken there.

The number of confirmed cases in Australia passed 40 on Wednesday including at least two cases of person-to-person transmission.

There have been at least 93,200 cases globally, with more than 80,000 in China, and more than 3200 deaths.

The federal government has flagged a plan to boost the economy, which has been damaged by the coronavirus' impact on tourism, education and other sectors.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the Territory was facing at least a 10 per cent drop in visitation this year.

"We've done the right thing in helping out our fellow country people by taking in the Inpex workers village a lot of people who have been worried or scared about whether they had coronavirus or not," he told reporters on Wednesday.

"I would ask the Australian government to not forget the Northern Territory when they go to do their stimulus package."

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