Published: Fri, January 31, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Chinese FM says to bring home stranded Hubei residents from overseas

Chinese FM says to bring home stranded Hubei residents from overseas

"As well, all travel from China is now significantly diminished as a result of exit border measures by the Chinese government in the effort to contain the outbreak". "We are flying a non-commercial flight into a new country that is under quarantine, that has some very strict protocols on where planes can land".

He said the only planes that already landed were from USA and Japan.

"We are working out, right now, a plan to protect Canadians' health here in Canada, and ensure that Canadians can be repatriated from the region of Hubei who are in, in some cases, very hard situations because of the quarantine that China has placed", she said.

Williams said the coronavirus does not seem to be much different than regular influenza in terms of transmissibility, and evidence suggests it is not transmissible when a person is not feeling symptoms.

Canada's top diplomat has gotten a nod from his Chinese counterpart to bring home almost 200 Canadians from Wuhan - the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic - his office said Friday.

"We have secured a plane to repatriate Canadians who wish to come back", he said.

The threat from air travel is actually dropping.

Hong Kong prepares for the spread of coronavirus
Hong Kong-listed shares of travel-related firms declined, as China Southern Airlines fell 3.3% and Cathay Pacific slipped 2.1%. Therefore, lots of officials have to move in and out of China routinely and many large companies have their offices there.

In China's Hubei province, 17 cities including Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic, have been locked down, trapping more than 50 million people in the most far-reaching disease control measures ever imposed.

Its flagship airline Air Canada announced on Wednesday it was suspending flights to mainland China, citing the government advisory.

Wayne Tremblay, one of 168 Canadians stuck in Wuhan, told CBC New he is fine but feels abandoned by Canadian authorities.

A passenger waits beside their luggage at the departure terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, May 24, 2019.

"Most cases and the spread of the novel coronavirus are occurring in affected areas in China with only three cases detected in Canada", Tam said.

According to the website of the Canadian embassy in Beijing, the immigration service will continue to provide services and prioritize the processing of travel documents for customers and permanent residents "who need to travel urgently to Canada for humanitarian and compassionate reasons".

Canada's top foreign-affairs official says 156 Canadians have asked for help to leave China amid an outbreak of a new virus.

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