Four Canadians who were flown home from a cruise ship facing a coronavirus outbreak have now tested positive for the virus.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Saturday that two individuals were tested after experiencing symptoms while staying at CFB Trenton in Eastern Ontario. The two other cases were announced earlier this week.
The patients are among 228 Canadians under a mandatory two-week quarantine at the military base since Tuesday.
Canadians on the cruise ship Grand Princess were sent home on a government-charted flight after coronavirus cases were diagnosed on board.
No passengers were allowed to board the plane if they were exhibiting symptoms. Nine passengers and crew members stayed behind since an unidentified number of them had contracted the virus.
The vessel, operated by Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruises, docked in Oakland on Monday. But prior to that it had been denied permission to dock in San Francisco and spent several days in limbo off the coast of California for days as passengers and crew underwent testing.
Ottawa is advising Canadians against all non-essential international travel, including cruises. There are more than 200 confirmed or presumptive cases in the country as of Saturday.
Princess Cruises has suspended operations for two months.
–With files from Alex Mazur, Global News
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