OTTAWA -. As a Canadian passenger ship Grand Princess cruise ship chartered plane waiting to take them back to Canada from Oakland, California, Canadian health officials warned Canadians to avoid traveling on all cruises in order to prevent the spread of COVID -19.
In a press conference on Monday, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that, while he had previously “asked Canadians to think twice about going on a cruise,” Now the message is unequivocal.
“Today the Public Health Agency of Canada is recommending that Canadians avoid all travel cruises for COVID-19.”
The updates come as Canada prepares to repatriate 237 Canadians climb a set of a cruise ship docked in California on Monday.
Tam showed that six of the confirmed cases Canada are connected to the individual from the first leg of the Grand Princess cruise ‘, which took place between February 11 and 21 Feb.
“This virus can spread rapidly on cruise ships, because of close contact between the passengers,” he said.
Because the new coronavirus began to spread in late December, Canada has had 72 confirmed and suspected cases: 34 in Ontario, 27 in British Columbia, four in Quebec, and seven in Alberta.
Ontario tally rose to 34 on Monday with the announcement of three new cases.
“Most cases of Canada including tourists from the affected area, or their close contacts,” said Tam. BC is investigating several cases that have become public among individuals with no known contact for tourists.
The federal government announced Sunday that it would charter a plane to transport Canadian Grand Princess after the pier. There were about 3,500 people on the ship. previous ships have been banned docking in San Francisco because of evidence that it is related to the cases.
On Friday, the US government asserts that the 21 people onboard has been tested positive for the virus, including 19 crew members.
“We have worked in close collaboration with our American partners to ensure the return of our Canada as quickly and safely as possible,” said Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne.
He said that after the pier Grand Princess, Canada will be checked before boarding the plane.
“If they show any symptoms, they will not be allowed to board,” he said.
Patty Hajdu Health Minister added that Canada can not get on the plane “will be treated by the US healthcare system, and our consular services will remain in close contact throughout the duration of their disease.”
The aircraft will carry passengers the rest of Canada for the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ont., Where they will be in a 14-day quarantine, “out of an abundance of caution.”
The cruise line will assume the cost of air charter, Champagne said.
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Keane Li said that the parents, who were on a cruise ship, has described him as a “luxury prison.”
Michael Zrobin, Canada on board, told CTV News Channel on Sunday that, although they have received an update on the situation of the captain of the ship, they have not told the nationality of two passengers who tested positive for the virus.
Another passenger, Urbain Vanier, told CTV News Channel he has been monitoring her temperature “since we’ve been on this yacht.”
As cruise passengers preparing to go home, federal health officials said they also asked the prime minister to inform them of any shortage of supply or the problems they faced in tackling COVID-19 in the province of their own, ahead of the upcoming first minister Friday met in Ottawa.
Hajdu said that “some provinces indicate that they have a deficit,” though he did not provide specifics.
“We have said all along that we would be there as a federal government to support them with the resources they need,” he added, “whether they are financial resources or a practical resource … kits, personal protective equipment.”
The most recent case was recently announced in Ontario on Monday all related to travel, health officials said. One patient, a man in his 50s, recently traveled to Germany and the other two cases are a man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s who was recently in Iran. All are in self-isolation.
When asked why there was no clear warning regarding travel in the cruise lines that have been submitted before Monday, Tam said that officials are “constantly learning” as the virus spreads.
“The global situation changed quite quickly, even when the Diamond Princess cruise ship now,” he said.
The Diamond Princess is a cruise ship that became the basis for the initial breeding of the virus. It was put under quarantine by the Japanese authorities for two weeks in February while it was anchored outside Yokohama, Japan. More than 700 people on board contracting the virus.
American passengers on board the Grand Princess will be taken to a quarantine facility in California after they got off the ship, but it was not immediately clear what would happen to the international passengers who are not Canadian.
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