Canadian officers serving to in Japan after 12 Canadians contract virus on ship

MUNICH — International Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canadian well being employees are helping in Japan after 12 Canadians contracted the novel coronavirus whereas on a cruise ship.

Champagne says three members of the Public Well being Company of Canada and two medical personnel from the Canadian Armed Forces have been despatched to Yokohama, the Japanese port metropolis the place the Diamond Princess has been docked since final week.

Some three,500 passengers on the ship are underneath quarantine and 218 folks have examined constructive for the coronavirus.

Champagne says the Japanese authorities will permit some aged folks to finish the remainder of their quarantine interval at one other facility off the ship.

In the meantime, Champagne says consular officers are helping in Cambodia the place one other ship with 279 Canadians on-board was not too long ago allowed to dock after being rejected from a number of different international locations over fears of the brand new coronavirus.

There have been no reported case of the virus, dubbed COVID-19, on-board the Westerdam, and Champagne says officers will assist Canadians with the method of returning dwelling.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 14, 2020.