Published: Sat, February 08, 2020
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Flight bringing Canadians home from Wuhan lands at CFB Trenton

Flight bringing Canadians home from Wuhan lands at CFB Trenton

All passengers will spend two weeks at Canadian Forces Base Trenton where they will be monitored to check whether they've contracted the virus.

They say the quarantine is necessary to ensure the virus doesn't spread further.

A group of about 50 Canadian passengers who wanted to leave Wuhan were allowed on a flight from the U.S. government.

"You have been shortlisted for a Canadian assisted departure flight leaving from Wuhan, China to Canada", reads the email.

Champagne said that flight is scheduled to leave Wuhan, a city of 11 million people under quarantine, on February 10.

The letter also says that people should "expect delays" as the check-in experience for the flight will be "significantly different" from what they are used to.

Champagne noted "a small number of no-shows" at the Wuhan airport who had "changed their minds at the last minute".

The federal government is awaiting final approval from the Chinese government to fly through the restricted airspace and land at the closed airport in Wuhan, but Champagne said other preparations are already well underway.

The couple is praying that, with recent news that the evacuation flight was delayed "due to circumstances beyond the control of the Government of Canada", they'll be able to come up with a solution in the nick of time.

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"We have our mission in Tokyo, which has been in touch with the Canadians passengers to offer them consular assistance", Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said.

More than 300 people have asked for Ottawa's help getting out of the city.

"Due to demand and the restrictions associated with this flight, we can not guarantee that everyone who is eligible for a seat will be able to board the plane", the email reportedly said.

Kate Schellenberg said she received a text message from her twin brother Michael as he was waiting to board.

Millward, her husband and their two children seen on the plane ride home from Wuhan.

Prior to the plane's arrival in Vancouver, officials had said that anyone showing symptoms of the novel coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city would disembark in B.C. for treatment.

"I asked, 'Well, can we just split them up like, I'll take one kid on this trip and there's another one who needs someone to accompany them?'" Millward said.

During question period in the House of Commons, Conservative MPs demanded more information about the location of the plane that transported the first two Canadian patients with confirmed cases of coronavirus into the country on January 22.

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