New coronavirus has now infected nearly 10,000, including three in Canada

Pablo Tucker
January 31, 2020

In a rare telephone call with Foreign Minister Wang Yi Thursday night, Canada's Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne "asked for the collaboration of the Chinese government in helping those Canadian citizens who want to depart the region".

A mysterious new type of coronavirus has now infected nearly 10,000 people globally, including three in Canada, pushing the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.

Morgan said the department is working with Canada's public health authorities to help them co-ordinate with Chinese experts, as well.

"What we are looking at a scenario where we have all the measures in place to protect Canadians from exposure to the virus", she said.

She said whether people who are not showing symptoms would have to be quarantined is something the government is still studying.

"The first and foremost thing to remember is that we will always work to ensure the health of Canadians whether they are overseas or whether they are here", Hajdu said.

"We're working out the processes right now to determine who is coming, what the state of their health will be when they board the plane and what processes we need to take in order to ensure their health when they return", she said.

"We have already measures at our airports (to detect cases)", she said.

The Chinese government has sealed off Wuhan and neighbouring cities, effectively trapping tens of millions of people, in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

"I will tell Canada is at the forefront of the response".

The ongoing crisis in China sparked by the corona virus has the Quebec government considering whether it should repatriate those Quebecers presently in China. "The only plane which has landed is a USA plane, which was scheduled to be there, the other one is Japan this morning".

The man in his 50s travelled to Toronto from China last week and was Canada's first case of the virus.

Travel Alberta, which works to promote tourism to the province, says it's hearing about cancellations of Chinese tourists to Canadian hotspots including Banff and Yellowknife.

Champagne said Global Affairs also has issued a new travel advisory telling people to avoid all non-essential travel to China.

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