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Wuhan (China), Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): An aircraft chartered by the federal government of Canada, with 211 Canadians, is expected to leave Wuhan around 12 p.m. ET and fly to the Canadian military airbase in Trenton, Ont.
Canadian evacuees waiting to be airlifted from Wuhan Airport. Image credit: Twitter
Although 373 Canadians had requested for evacuation, officials and senior cabinet ministers of Canada said that 211 was the moving target.
In the meantime, it was revealed by said Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne late Wednesday U.S.'s offer to accomodate a few Canadians on one of its charter evacuation flights, which would depart Wuhan shortly after the Canadian aircraft departs.
The American plane will stop in Vancouver where Canadian passengers would change flight to CFB Trenton.
A second chartered flight is being considered by the federal government to evacuate more Canadians who may request for evacuation.
Regarding the undue delay of the evacuation of stranded Canadians in Coronavirus-afflicted Wuhan, Canada's Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the federal government was caught off guard and was slow in terms of organizing the evacuation plane. Canada's bad weather was another cause for the delay in its flight. Added to these, the Chinese government's evacuation flights in and out of Wuhan takes place only at night as during the day they are busy in their relief and quarantine efforts.
The screening of each Canadian passenger would be done Chinese health authorities to make sure that people who are sick or display symptoms will not be allowed to board the chartered aircraft. A a six-person Canadian military medical team would also board the aircraft to conduct further screening and monitor the condition of the passengers.
Upon arrival of the plane in Canadian air base in Trenton, Canada Border Service Agency officials will meet the plane upon arrival and more medical tests would be conducted by Ontario health officials, said Maj.-Gen. Trevor Cadieu, who is in charge of the military's strategic joint staff. The evacuees would then be quarantined there for two weeks, and individuals and families will have their own quarters at the base's Yukon Lodge.