About 150 Canadian passengers repatriated from Japan where they were quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship as novel coronavirus cases mounted started arriving at NAV Centre in Cornwall Friday morning, public health officials said.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which made the announcement at about 8:15 a.m. Friday, had said it would issue regular updates on the 14-day “precautionary quarantine.”
The passengers were screened for symptoms on arrival at CFB Trenton and only those without symptoms would be allowed to board buses to Cornwall, the health unit had said.
The Canadians were already to be retested for the coronavirus before boarding a plane chartered by the Canadian government to take them home Thursday evening, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne confirmed Wednesday. Those exhibiting symptoms would be left behind and none of the 47 Canadians infected on the ship so far were allowed to leave Japan.
“The quarantine facility and federal, provincial and local partners are well-prepared for the arrival of the passengers,” the health unit said.
It cited daily all-staff meetings that have already begun to brief NAV Centre staff on the repatriation plans and to answer their questions, a walk-through of preparations by Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clément and medical officer of health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis and a table-top exercise and rehearsal held to ready for the arrival of the “quarantine guests.”e
An onsite medical clinic has been set up and paramedics will be on site daily during the quarantine period.
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