Coronavirus: All Canadians evacuated from epicentre Wuhan will be placed in quarantine

Elias Hubbard
February 5, 2020

By the time they arranged to fly the family out of China, flights out of Hubei province, including Wuhan city, were grounded and the affected areas were sealed off. Chloe and her parents are Canadian citizens, while Li's parents are permanent residents.

"There is a narrow window given by the Chinese for flights into Wuhan and the weather conditions were such that the plane could not take off", Trudeau explained as he entered a Liberal caucus meeting Wednesday morning in Ottawa. "We're hoping to have these families back on Friday", Trudeau added.

"We understand for loved ones here in Canada with families over there that it's extremely hard but we're doing everything we can to get them home".

The Canadian Embassy informed citizens waiting to leave Wuhan that the flight, which was meant to depart early Thursday morning local time, would be delayed to the evening.

"If a passenger is ill and exhibiting symptoms on the flight, they will meet immediate medical assistance from the province of B.C., who will transport them to a facility and they will be isolated to prevent the spread of disease but also to protect them and help them recover", Hajdu told reporters Monday. "The quarantine of these individuals is out of a sense of precaution", Ms Hajdu said.

She said she believes that if a second plane is needed, it will be deployed quickly. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne has said the plane would wait in Vietnam until the government received the go-ahead.

As it now stands, Mr.

This week Canada asked China to let parents and primary caregivers accompany Canadian children out of Wuhan, even if they are not Canadians themselves. The Government of Canada has chartered a plane that will fly to Wuhan, and is in the process of finalizing the necessary authorizations to land in China and facilitate Canadians' departure.

The Canadian government has chartered a plane to Hanoi, Vietnam ready to evacuate more than 300 Canadians now in Wuhan, the foreign affairs minister said during a news brief Monday.

"We're trying to get more information about the situation right now but we're very much engaged", Mr. Trudeau said.

In total, 126 people have been tested nationally, with only four positives, said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer. The ship is carrying 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members.

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