A passenger on the Coral Princess waves to the crowd as she embarks on a charter flight which left Miami international airport on April 6, 2020.
Photo : Associated Press / Lynne Sladky
Passenger canadians have left the cruise ship Coral Princess struck by the COVID-19 – it had landed in Florida – to return to the country on Monday.
The day after the announcement by the minister of foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, on Twitter, Canadians aboard the Coral Princess got on the way back, with two stops in the United States.
There were 97 domestic passenger aboard the ship, which departed from Santiago, Chile, on 5 march and docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Friday.
The canadian Press has made contact with two couples who have stated that the passengers were in a bus in the direction of the Miami airport.
“We just landed in Toronto,” said a resident of North Vancouver, Sanford Osler, in an email Monday evening, about two hours after a chartered plane carrying the Canadians had landed in Canada.
A statement from Princess Cruises said that 139 passengers have left the ship Monday morning, the priority was given to ” those who left on a chartered flight for Canada.” Two hundred and seventy-four passengers were on board, according to the release.
Earlier Monday, Gary and Sue Lyon said in an email that they were waiting to board a charter flight to Toronto that was supposed to stop in Columbus, Ohio, and Newark, New Jersey.
“We all feel relieved, happy and excited that we go home. We get back to our home and we isolerons for 14 days “, they said.
Mr. Osler, who was travelling with his wife, said that all passengers were wearing masks and gloves, and he felt that he was in good health.
“Physically, I feel normal. Emotionally, I am relieved to have left the ship, obviously, and on the way back, ” said Mr. Osler by phone from Florida before taking the return flight.
Two people aboard the ship died and 12 have been tested positive, said the crew of Princess Cruises.
Last week, Canadians on board the MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam arrived in Canada aboard a plane chartered by the operator Holland America.
Friday, Catherine McLeod and her husband have returned to Rotterdam, exhausted-physically and mentally. They began their isolation of 14 days in the house.
“Isolation is not difficult, because we are too exhausted mentally to want to do anything,” said Ms. McLeod in an email. “We are in a state of shock, because we can now reflect on the danger which we are facing, and on the chance that we have to get ourselves out of good health. “
World affairs monitors the evolution of the state of health of 49 Canadian and 8 crew members on the other 7 ships.
The department said to ignore it if there are people who have been reported as positive.
The Diamond Princess has been quarantined for two weeks at Yokohama, Japan, while 700 of the 3,700 people on board have been infected.
The federal government has evacuated 129 Canadians of that vessel and brought them in eastern Ontario for quarantine on the 21st of February, goal 47 Canadians infected with the virus have had to stay in Japan to be treated there.