Second plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan arrives at CFB Trenton in Ontario

Coronavirus: Risk to Canadians still 'low'

The United States has now recorded its 13th case of the new coronavirus. More than 37,000 have been sickened worldwide and more than 800 have died, with the death toll now higher than that of the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

Outside China, there have been to date 319 cases in 24 countries.

Seven cases of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Canada.

Locally, the number of confirmed cases in B.C. remains at four. We will attempt to keep families together, even when a Canadian minor is not departing on the flight.

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.

Tuesday's flight is the last planned from Wuhan, China.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said yesterday there was room for about 200 passengers aboard the flight from Wuhan and is the last group of Canadians who want to be repatriated.

The flight is headed first to Hong Kong where it will have to wait before going into Wuhan.


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.

The latest Canadian patient will join seven others who were taken earlier to Japanese hospitals for treatment and monitoring.

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.

The passengers from the first two flights have already begun their 14-day quarantine at a hotel-like accommodation on the base where they are being monitored for any signs of infection.

However, eight Canadian Forces medical staff who accompanied the evacuees from China were released from quarantine Sunday.

Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said in a statement that she's assessed each member of the medical staff and concluded they are not at risk of exposure to the virus. "None of the passengers exhibited symptoms of the novel coronavirus upon arrival".

In a press release, the federal government advised Canadians in China outside of Hubei province, whose presence there is "non-essential", to consider leaving by commercial means.

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