Flight carrying Canadians from Japanese cruise ship riddled with COVID-19 lands at CFB Trenton

Hundreds of healthy Canadians who spent nearly two weeks on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan are back in Canada for another round of quarantine for COVID-19.

The charter flight landed around 2 a.m. Eastern time Friday at Canadian Forces Base Trenton, where passengers cleared for travel will undergo further screening.

The group will then be placed under another two-week quarantine at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ont.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced the plane’s takeoff on social media at 2:56 p.m. ET.

Roughly 255 Canadians had been kept on board the Diamond Princess docked in Yokohama, Japan, since early February, over concerns that some of the 2,500 passengers and crew members were sick with the novel coronavirus.

Since then, 634 passengers having tested positive, marking the largest outbreak of the virus outside China.

Among the infected are 47 Canadians who will have to remain in Japan for treatment.

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