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Second plane for Canadians in Wuhan on its way to Asia: foreign minister

FILE: People wear masks as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak as they arrive at the International terminal at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Canadian health officials announced a first presumed case in Ontario after the illness has sickened more than 1,200 people and killed at least 41 in China, the epicentre of the outbreak. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada's foreign minister says a second plane has left for Wuhan, China to bring another group of Canadians home

This second charter flight will leave China on February 10 and return to Canada the next day

ADDIS ABABA, 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.

A 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.