Charter flight carrying quarantined cruise passengers lands at CFB Trenton

The charter plane carrying Canadian passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has landed at CFB Trenton in Ontario.

The plane, which landed just after 2 a.m. ET, was carrying passengers from the cruise liner that was quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, since early February due to an outbreak of COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus.

All repatriated passengers on the chartered flight had tested negative for the virus.

Lolita Wiesner, who was on the Diamond Princess cruise ship to celebrate her anniversary, said medics boarded the plane shortly after landing to take passengers’ temperatures and deliver meals. 

Of the Diamond Princess’s roughly 3,700 passengers and crew, more than 600 have contracted COVID-19, including 47 out of 256 Canadians on board.

The Canadians who contracted the illness did not board the flight.

The passengers who landed at CFB Trenton will be screened for the virus again before heading to the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ont., where they will be quarantined again for 14 days as a precaution.

Canadian passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship who did not test positive for COVID-19 arrived at CFB Trenton on Friday. (Lolita Wiesner/Facebook)

As that quarantine gets underway, another group of people are due to be released today from separate quarantine in Trenton.Canadians evacuated from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the heart of the outbreak, were quarantined at Yukon Lodge after returning to Canada on Feb. 7.

The Nav Centre is a hotel, conference and community centre. It has previously been used by the federal government as an emergency shelter.

Some Cornwall residents, including Mayor Bernadette Clement, were surprised and expressed concern about hosting the cruise ship passengers at a facility that’s open to the public and not typically used for medical purposes.

Canadians who were quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess will spend 2 weeks under observation at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ont. (Joseph Tunney/CBC)

Representatives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which is handling the operation, said no one under quarantine will be in contact with the general public.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) said the section of the Nav Centre that will be used is isolated and has its own ventilation system separate from the rest of the complex.

Health officials said in a press conference Monday that the risk to the general public is low.

Canadian passengers from the cruise ship Diamond Princess arrive to board a plane at Haneda airport in Tokyo. The chartered flight landed at CFB Trenton in Ontario early Friday morning. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

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