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Canada is officially sending a plane to evacuate citizens from Wuhan in China

Canada has just announced that it will send a plane to evacuate Canadian citizens from Wuhan, China.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said that an airplane has been secured to bring home any Canadians wishing to return from China.

Champagne added that based on U.S. evacuation efforts — which successfully brought a plane of passengers from China to California this morning — it will likely take a few days before Canadians can return from Wuhan.

He also said that details are currently being discussed with the Chinese authorities.

He refused to confirm whether Canadian taxpayers would be on the hook for these repatriation efforts.

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said that discussions are ongoing as to whether symptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flight.

Following the American example, returning passengers will likely have to be quarantined for a specified amount of time — although how long that time will be for remains unclear.

With 160 Canadians in China already requesting consular assistance, the plane will certainly be put to good use.

Canada is also now advising that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to China.

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Xiquinho Silva

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