The first plane carrying Canadians from the Chinese province of Hubei landed early Friday at the Trenton military base, about 175 kilometers east of Toronto, where evacuees will remain in quarantine for the next two weeks.
The plane chartered by the Canadian Government departed Thursday from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport after several delays and with 176 passengers, about 40 passengers less than those initially announced by Canada.
Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne explained that, as expected, "a small number did not show up at the airport, mostly individuals who changed their minds at the last moment."
Among the 176 passengers are thirteen permanent residents of Canada and six Chinese citizens with entry visas in the North American country that accompany 34 Canadian minors.
In addition to these 176 passengers, another 50 Canadians were evacuated on a plane chartered by US authorities and also departed from Wuhan Tianhe on Thursday night.
This group of Canadians will initially be transferred to Vancouver, although later they will also be transported to the Trenton military base to remain in quarantine.
Canada has chartered another plane to evacuate Canadians who still remain in Hubei and wish to leave China. Canadian authorities have indicated that this plane is scheduled to evacuate the rest of Canadians on February 10.
Meanwhile, the number of people in Canada infected with the new coronavirus that has caused the epidemic outbreak in Wuhan rose to seven after the announcement of two new cases in the province of British Columbia, on the Pacific coast of Canada.
The two new cases are two Chinese tourists, a man and a woman, from Hubei province who arrived in Canada after the outbreak of the epidemic outbreak in Wuhan but before the Chinese authorities closed the city to prevent the spread of the disease.
The two reside with a woman who became the fifth case of infection of the new coronavirus in Canada and the first case of transmission in the country.
The three relatives have been isolated in their home by the Canadian health authorities.