A plane carrying emergency medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic crashed during takeoff before exploding into a fireball.

The jet crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines and it is believed all eight people on board were killed.

The flight was bound for Haneda, Japan.

It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus.

Footage from the crash scene showed huge flames as emergency services were scrambled, reports the Daily Star.

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Debris of the crashed plane carrying medical supplies
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Thick plumes of black smoke could also be seen billowing into the air from miles around the airport.

Pictures later emerged of the burnt out wreckage after firefighters got the blaze under control.

The images showed the plane sat on the tarmac of the runway completely destroyed.

The aircraft is reportedly owned by Lion Air – a charter service company in the Philippines, not the Indonesian commercial airline.

One image circulating on social media reportedly shows officials loading boxes of medical supplies onto the plane earlier.

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Wreckage from the jet that burst into flames during takeoff
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A fire is seen at the site where a plane has crashed near Libingan Ng Bayani, Taguig, Philippines
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The officials were wearing clothing labelled “DOH” – which stands for Department of Health.

It is not yet officially known if the medical supplies were related to the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cases of coronavirus in Japan, where the plane was destined, have spiked in the last few days as the government held off placing the country on lockdow.

Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike warned the capital was entering an “important phase in preventing an explosive rise in the number of infections”.

Yuriko Koike went on to ask 14 million people living in the city to stay at home over the weekend.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also watned the country was getting closer to a national emergency.

He promised an unprecedented package to protect the world’s third-biggest economy from collapse.

In the UK, the death toll from the virus has risen to 1,228 after a further 209 people died in 24 hours.

A letter from Boris Johnson is being sent out to every household in the UK explaining measures and thing the population must to slow the spread.

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Boris Johnson in the meeting via a video callas he self-isolates
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In it, he writes: “I am writing to you to update you on the steps we are taking to combat coronavirus.

“In just a few short weeks, everyday life in this country has changed dramatically.

“We all feel the profound impact of coronavirus not just on ourselves, but on our loved ones and our communities.

“I understand completely the difficulties this disruption has caused to your lives, businesses and jobs.

“But the action we have taken is absolutely necessary, for one very simple reason.

“If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope.

“This will cost lives. We must slow the spread of the disease, and reduce the number of people needing hospital treatment in order to save as many lives as possible.

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“That is why we are giving one simple instruction – you must stay at home.

“You should not meet friends or relatives who do not live in your home.

“You may only leave your home for very limited purposes, such as buying food and medicine, exercising once a day and seeking medical attention.

“You can travel to and from work but should work from home if you can.

“When you do have to leave your home, you should ensure, wherever possible, that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

“These rules must be observed. So, if people break the rules, the police will issue fines and disperse gatherings.”



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