Coronavirus: Risk to Canadians still 'low'

Coronavirus: Risk to Canadians still 'low'

Second plane carrying evacuees from Wuhan on its way to Ontario

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

The group joins the 213 people who have been quarantined there since Friday.

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.

The United States has now recorded its 13th case of the new coronavirus.

The second passenger plane chartered by the federal government to repatriate the remaining Canadians from Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, is on its way to Canada, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne confirmed Monday.

Only once they stepped onto the plane together could they finally feel relieved, Yuan said.

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.

The fatality toll from the new virus has passed the 774 people believed to have died in the 2002-03 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome, another viral outbreak that originated in China.

There are 319 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in 24 countries around the world and one fatality outside China.

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

She also released crew members who travelled with evacuees from Vancouver to CFB Trenton aboard a separate flight, after those evacuees left China on an American plane.

None have exhibited symptoms of the novel coronavirus, according to the government.

Under the Quarantine Act, Tam has the discretion to determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether to shorten the quarantine period based on an assessment of the risk of harm to public health.

Two deaths thus far occurred in patients outside of China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

When asked why the government isn't introducing mandatory quarantines for everyone returning to Canada from China, Hajdu said that isn't the most effective way to detect new cases. However, the government has told Canadians living outside Hubei province whose presence is not considered essential to consider leaving.

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

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