A plane transporting 176 people from the epicentre of the novel coronavirus, including Canadian citizens, has finally made it back to Canada. The Wuhan flight to Canada made its final stop at an Ontario military base around 7:00 a.m. Eastern time on February 7. The passengers will remain in a 14-day quarantine.
The plane departed from Wuhan on February 6. It made a short refuelling stop in Vancouver.
Before boarding, passengers were put through a screening process, according to the National Post. Passengers were also being monitored during the flight to see if any symptoms developed.
"Fortunately no one showed symptoms on the plane, so no one had to disembark at the fuelling station in Vancouver," Hajdu said in an interview with CBC Radio's The Current.
After arriving at CFB Trenton just outside of Toronto, everyone on the plane was immediately placed under quarantine. They were given accommodations at the Yukon Lodge, a hotel-style structure located on the base.
There, they will be regularly screened by medical professionals. Families have been grouped together, but social interaction will be limited and meals will be delivered directly to people's rooms.
Despite the continuing quarantine, it seemed the passengers were just glad to be back in Canada.
Thank you to our staff and partners who helped to bring these Canadians back safely. 🇨🇦 https://t.co/C8ypHMWa8h— Patty Hajdu (@Patty Hajdu)1581082995.0
"I’m so happy, so relieved. So happy to be back home," Myriam Larouche, a 25-year-old student from L'Ascension, Quebec told CTV News. "Everybody was just so happy to be back and be safe."
Update on the Canadian flight from #Wuhan: The plane has landed at @CanadianForces Base #Trenton where the passeng… https://t.co/3AoFCVHEPs— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦)1581078364.0
According to CBC News, another group of 39 Canadians was also flown out of Wuhan on a U.S. government flight that dropped them off in Vancouver.
Originally, there were going to be 211 passengers on board the flight from Wuhan. However, some of those people did not make it on board. Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said this was expected during a press conference, according to CTV News.
Another flight to bring more Canadians home from Wuhan is expected to depart on February 10.