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Plane carrying 228 Canadians from Grand Princess cruise ship lands at CFB Trenton

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A plane chartered by the Canadian government to repatriate its citizens from a cruise ship previously held off the coast of California over the novel coronavirus outbreak has landed at the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) in Trenton, Ont.

READ MORE: Coronavirus — Grand Princess cruise ship carrying 237 Canadians docs in California

The plane landed just before 6:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

According to Global Affairs Canada, 237 Canadians were on board the Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess.

But, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said 228 Canadians were repatriated from the Grand Princess.

According to Champagne, among those who were left behind were crew members who tested positive for the virus and others were passengers who left the cruise liner to receive treatment for other medical conditions in California.

Champagne said “a handful” of Canadians tested positive for the virus, but did not specify how many.

Canadians were required to pass a screening process before being allowed to board the flight, anyone exhibiting symptoms of the virus was not permitted to board.

The cruise liner had been held at sea off the coast of California for nearly five days, after 21 cases of the novel coronavirus were detected on board.

Officials ultimately allowed the cruise ship to dock in Oakland, Calif., on Monday.

The Canadian government announced on Sunday it would be repatriating its citizens from the ship.

In the statement, Champagne said the passengers will be quarantined at CFB Trenton for 14 days.

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