Second plane of Canadian evacuees from China arrives

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

The government plans to unite the latest batch of evacuees with the 213 Canadians and their families who left Wuhan last week, and who are already under a mandatory quarantine at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in southern Ontario.

Renowned Canadian epidemiologist Bruce Aylward made his way to China to lead a team of World Health Organization experts to study the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

All foreigners leaving Wuhan, which has been under a strict quarantine since January 23 to limit the spread of the potentially deadly flu-like virus, have to undergo medical examination before being allowed to board the plane.

Although they were initially told that Xiao would not be allowed to board the second flight back to Canada, the Canadian authorities later said she would be permitted on the plane.

Worldwide, there are now more than 43,000 cases of the new coronavirus, resulting in more than 1,000 deaths.

A Canadian flag is hung up as people board a plane destined for Canada at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport early in the morning on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in this handout photo provided by Myriam Larouche. "We continue to monitor the situation internationally, work with our partners, particularly the World Health Organization, to make sure that everything we're doing is consistent with what needs to happen to keep Canadians safe". "However, all departures are subject to approval by the Chinese government".

Last week, the first plane from Wuhan arrived, carrying 176 passengers.

The first Canadian charter carried out 174 Canadians and their family members, who are now under quarantine at a military base in Trenton, Ont., for two weeks.

As for what will happen to those remaining Canadians, Hajdu said they're monitoring the situation. Champagne had indicated earlier that the second flight was going to be the final flight organized by the federal government.

Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau warned the coronavirus will have a "significant impact" on Canada's economy because of China's powerful influence on economies.

In addition to these cases, at least six Canadians who were on a quarantined cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the illness and were immediately transferred to a hospital. The captain of the ship, however, later revised that number down to 65.

The cruise line is following the Japanese health ministry's "disembarkation protocols to provide medical care for these new cases", the company said in a news release.

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