Government of Canada repatriates more Canadians and their families from Wuhan, China

News release

February 11, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today announced that Canada’s second chartered plane has arrived from Wuhan, in China.

At 6:17 AM today, 130 Canadians and 56 accompanying family members travelling on the Government of Canada’s second chartered plane from Wuhan, China, arrived at CFB Trenton. They join the 213 Canadians who returned from Wuhan on the first Canadian chartered flight and a U.S. flight that landed in Canada last week.

Passengers were met in Trenton by Canada Border Services Agency officers, and were thoroughly assessed upon arrival by quarantine officers from the Public Health Agency of Canada. None of the passengers have exhibited symptoms of the novel coronavirus upon arrival.

They will stay in isolation for 14 days and undergo the same medical assessment and observation as those who were repatriated on the previous flights. The Government of Canada continues to work with provincial, territorial and local health authorities to ensure that the returning Canadians and their family members receive all the medical and ongoing support necessary to protect their health and the health and safety of all Canadians.

Canada has also provided approximately 16 tonnes of personal protective equipment, such as clothing, face shields, masks, goggles and gloves to China since February 4, 2020.

Consular officials remain in contact with Canadians in China who have requested assistance. This was the last planned flight from Wuhan.

Canadians in China outside of Hubei province whose presence is non-essential should consider leaving while commercial means are available. We encourage Canadians in China to consult our Travel Advice and Advisories and Travel Health Notices, and register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service at travel.gc.ca.

Those in need of consular assistance can contact the Embassy of Canada to China in Beijing directly at 86 (10) 5139-4000. Canadians can also call Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre (EWRC) in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email sos@international.gc.ca.

Furthermore, to support global efforts to combat the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today confirmed that Canada is providing $2 million to the World Health Organization to help vulnerable countries prepare and, if necessary, respond to coronavirus events. Canada continues to support other global initiatives that are helping to strengthen health systems and improve early detection of viruses such as the novel coronavirus.

Quotes

“Canada is very concerned by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and is closely monitoring its spread. The Government is pleased to have welcomed home more than 400 Canadians and their family members who had been in the quarantined region of Hubei Province. We will continue to work closely with our international partners, including China, to combat its spread.”

-  François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Thank you to all who have helped bring Canadians home. While the risk of spread of this virus remains low in Canada, we continue to work with partners like the World Health Organization to protect the health of Canadians.”  

-  Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health

“Thank you to our Canadian Armed Forces medical personnel as well as members of Joint Task Force Central and Canadian Forces Base Trenton for their work to bring home Canadians from Wuhan. They have done a tremendous job of facilitating quick and efficient support to our federal and provincial partners.”

-  Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

“Our contribution will go to one of our most trusted partners, the World Health Organisation. A coordinated response to contain and respond to the novel coronavirus worldwide is essential.”

-  Karina Gould, Minister of International Development

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Contacts

Adam Austen
Deputy Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam.Austen@international.gc.ca

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
343-203-7700
media@international.gc.ca

Thierry Bélair
Office of the Minister of Health
613-957-0200

Media Relations
Public Health Agency of Canada
613-957-2983
hc.media.sc@canada.ca

Floriane Bonneville
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
613-996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
613-904-3333
mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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