A Canadian evacuee describes life under quarantine at CFB Trenton

  • A Canadian evacuee describes life under quarantine at CFB Trenton

A Canadian evacuee describes life under quarantine at CFB Trenton

She stressed, however, that Canadians should be most concerned about the number of confirmed cases in Canada: now seven with no new cases.

Including those on this flight and the first evacuation plane, which left Wuhan last week, almost 400 people are under a two-week quarantine at the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said 24 countries have reported cases, but no new ones over the past 24 hours. Most cases of the new coronavirus are mild, but the respiratory illness can be deadly for some people.

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 the base.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said they don't know why some people didn't board the plane, but she said it's possible they were barred from leaving because they were ill or they changed their minds about leaving China.

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.

Those evacuees are being kept at CFB Trenton for 14 days to make sure they don't get sick and start spreading the germs across the country.

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

The plane touched down at Canadian Forces Base Trenton just after 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning.

"I have authorized the release of 5 flight crew members who accompanied the returning travellers from Vancouver to CFB Trenton", Tam said in a statement on February 10.

In the meantime, Princess Cruises announced Monday that a Canadian is among an additional 66 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in the Japanese port city of Yokohama, about 35 kilometres south of Tokyo. "None of the passengers exhibited symptoms of the novel coronavirus upon arrival".

Two deaths thus far occurred in patients outside of China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines. The Canadian government has also told citizens not to travel to Hubei and to avoid all nonessential travel to China. Public health officials say the risk to Canadians remains low.

"I wanted to make sure that we're all linked up", he said.