Ottawa to send airplane to help 160 Canadians in Wuhan

Craft being prepped to bring home those at the epicentre of viral outbreak

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister says a plane is being prepared to fly Canadians out of the Chinese province at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak.

Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says the craft is being prepared to assist the 160 Canadians who have thus far requested help from the federal government.

The next step, according to Champagne, is to secure co-operation from the Chinese government to assist in the evacuation. Health Minister Patty Hajdu says a plan is still being drawn up over what to do with these Canadians once they arrive on home soil.

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