TORONTO —
The Canadian authorities has chartered a aircraft to repatriate Canadians on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed late Saturday evening that the choice was taken “because of the extraordinary circumstances faced by passengers on the Diamond Princess and to lighten the burden on the Japanese health-care system.”

In what’s the largest focus of folks contaminated with coronavirus outdoors China, 355 folks on the ship have examined constructive for COVID-19, together with 15 Canadians, following the invention of 67 new circumstances Saturday.

The plane will deliver residence many of the 255 Canadians on board the Diamond Princess to Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ont. , after which they are going to be assessed and transported to the NAV Canada Training Institute in Cornwall, Ont. to endure an additional 14-day interval of quarantine.

“In light of the extraordinary circumstances facing our citizens on the Diamond Princess, we are taking action to return Canadians home from Japan, while ensuring that appropriate measures are in place to prevent and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Foreign affairs minister François-Phillippe Champagne stated in a Global Affairs press launch. 

Passengers might be screened for coronavirus signs in Japan earlier than boarding the plane and people who present signs of COVID-19 might be denied boarding and transferred to a Japanese hospital for therapy, Global Affairs wrote.

An aged Quebecois couple from Gatineau, Que., aboard the Diamond Princess have examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, their daughter stated on Saturday.

Diane, 73, and Bernard Menard, 75, are confined to their cabin and awaiting transportation by ambulance to a army hospital the place they are going to be stored in isolation till they now not check constructive for the virus, Chantal Menard instructed The Canadian Press in an interview.

The couple are among the many 67 new constructive circumstances of COVID-19 virus detected aboard the ship, which has been below quarantine at a port metropolis southwest of Tokyo since Feb. 5, in accordance with an announcement issued Saturday from Jan Swartz, president of the cruise line.

Those who stay in Japan will proceed to obtain full consular providers from the Canadian authorities, Global Affairs stated.

Medics from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Armed Forces are already on the bottom in Japan.

The timing of the chartered aircraft has but to be introduced.

Champagne stated about 250 Canadians on a separate cruise ship off the shore of Cambodia, the Westerdam, have examined unfavorable for the coronavirus and might be returned to Canada on the expense of the cruise line, Holland America.

– With information from The Canadian Press

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