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Second plane leaves for Asia to bring Canadians home

Last Updated Feb 9, 2020 at 10:37 am MST

A plane carrying 176 Canadian citizens from the centre of the global novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, arrives at a hangar at CFB Trenton, in Trenton, Ont., on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

ETHIOPIA – Canada’s foreign minister says a second plane has left for Asia to bring another load of Canadians out of the Chinese city locked down over a viral outbreak.

Francois-Philippe Champagne says the passenger list is still being compiled but he expects the charter flight to be just about full when it leaves Wuhan within a couple of days.

He says those will be the last Canadians who want out.

The first planeload of Canadians arrived at an Ontario military base last Friday, carrying nearly 200 people from a city that has been under quarantine for weeks as Chinese authorities try to contain the spread of a new coronavirus.

Those evacuees are being kept at CFB Trenton for 14 days to make sure they don’t get sick and start spreading the germs across the country.

Most cases of the new coronavirus are mild but it’s a respiratory illness that can be deadly in some people.