Canada prepared to supply extra assist to China amid coronavirus outbreak, Trudeau says

Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Revealed Sunday, February 9, 2020 7:39AM EST

Final Up to date Sunday, February 9, 2020 6:41PM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Canada is standing by in case China asks for extra assist because it grapples with the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated there, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned Sunday, noting that the virus continues to pose little risk on this nation.

Trudeau mentioned Canada has already responded to China’s request for medical gear, together with face masks and different protecting gear, because the an infection price and dying toll from the virus continues to climb.

“We’re going to proceed to work with them to make sure that they’ve the sources to comprise this virus,” he informed a information convention close to the tip of his three-day go to to Ethiopia.

“We acknowledge it’s a tough and unsure time for them and for everybody around the globe however as a world group we do should proceed to work collectively and we’re there to assist.”

Most circumstances of the brand new coronavirus are gentle, however the respiratory sickness will be lethal in some folks. Greater than 37,000 have been sickened worldwide and greater than 800 have died, with the dying toll now increased than that of the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.

Two deaths to date occurred in sufferers exterior of China, one in Hong Kong and one within the Philippines.

Seven circumstances of novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Canada. An replace from the Public Well being Company of Canada says 4 circumstances are in British Columbia and three are in Ontario.

“The measures we’ve got taken on as beneficial by the World Well being Group and our personal chief medical officer are efficient till now,” Trudeau mentioned. “We proceed to watch the state of affairs internationally, work with our companions, significantly the WHO, to guarantee that all the things we’re doing is in line with what must occur to maintain Canadians protected.”

The virus originated in Wuhan, China’s fifth greatest metropolis, and greater than 70 per cent of the confirmed circumstances worldwide had been recognized in sufferers in that nation.

China took extraordinary measures to attempt to hold the virus from spreading, together with quarantining complete cities akin to Wuhan.

International Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, who’s with Trudeau in Africa, mentioned a second airplane left Trenton, Ont., very early Sunday morning to carry dwelling extra Canadians who’ve requested to return from China.

The flight is headed first to Hong Kong the place it must wait earlier than going into Wuhan. Chinese language authorities are giving international nations small time openings by which to land and fly out with their residents.

“The airplane can be leaving (China) on the 10th of February, bringing again the final group of Canadians who wish to be repatriated on the 11th,” Champagne mentioned.

There are 236 Canadians ready to board the airplane from a metropolis that has been below quarantine for weeks as Chinese language authorities attempt to comprise the virus’s unfold, Canadian officers mentioned Sunday.

A primary planeload of Canadians arrived at an Ontario navy base final Friday, carrying 176 folks, together with two members of the speedy deployment workforce, mentioned Champagne. A second group that travelled to Canada on a U.S. flight introduced the whole of repatriated Canadians to 213, he mentioned.

These evacuees are being stored at CFB Trenton for 14 days to verify they do not get sick and begin spreading the germs throughout the nation.

Nonetheless, eight Canadian Forces medical employees who accompanied the evacuees from China had been launched from quarantine Sunday.

Canada’s chief public well being officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, mentioned in a press release that she’s assessed every member of the medical employees and concluded they don’t seem to be susceptible to publicity to the virus.

They didn’t spend time in Wuhan, adopted applicable an infection prevention and management protocols – together with using private protecting gear – and didn’t have unprotected contact with the passengers who had been flown to Canada, Tam mentioned.

Of the 213 evacuees nonetheless in quarantine at CFB Trenton, Tam mentioned none have exhibited any signs of the virus.

Beneath the Quarantine Act, Tam has the discretion to find out, on a case-by-case foundation, whether or not to shorten the quarantine interval primarily based on an evaluation of the chance of hurt to public well being.

The federal authorities can be monitoring the well-being of 285 Canadians quarantined on two cruise ships off the coast of Japan and Hong Kong.

There are seven Canadians with confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus contracted aboard one of many ships, which is docked within the port metropolis of Yokohama, simply exterior Tokyo. These sufferers have been taken to Japanese hospitals for therapy and monitoring.

Champagne mentioned he’d spoken to the top of the cruise line earlier within the day.

“I needed to guarantee that we’re all linked up,” he mentioned. “I needed to verify we’re all there for the households, for the people who find themselves there.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 9, 2020.