'I don't see it getting easier': Passengers on board coronavirus-hit ship speak out

Passengers stuck on the Diamond Princess cruise are even more desperate to get home as people continue to be removed from the ship. 

A total of 135 people who were on the cruise ship, which is stuck off the coast of Japan, are confirmed to have coronavirus. And each day more sick passengers and crew are being removed.

There are 11 Kiwis trapped on board and a stark warning from the World Health Organisation hasn't eased their fears. 

WHO's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the coronavirus has the potential to spark into something huge.

"The detection of the smaller number of cases could be the spark that becomes the bigger fire, but for now it's only a spark. Our objective remains containment."

Brit David Abel is quarantined on the ship and says there's growing desperation from passengers to leave.

"It's just been a bloody tough day and it's kicking in, and I don't see it getting easier."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says there is one person on board who is pleading to be brought home.

"We have been contacted by someone who doesn't want to be in quarantine," she said.

"That is a situation that we're just not able to assist…people breaking out of quarantine."

More than 1000 people have died from coronavirus in China, and there are over 42,000 confirmed cases.