The steady departure of passengers from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan is expected to continue today.
Passengers who have completed quarantine aboard the ship will be allowed to disembark, with citizens of Canada and Israel among those expected to leave.
Diamond Princess captain Stefano Ravera announced that the process of disembarking passengers will begin at 10:30 a.m. local time.
He said passengers from Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan would also be leaving.
A total of 624 cases of the novel coronavirus are linked to the ship.
Canadian passengers test positive: But not all the Canadian cruise goers will be heading home. According to Canada’s Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, 47 out of the 256 Canadians onboard have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Even Canadian citizens who tested negative will be required to undergo another medical screening upon their arrival back in Canada.
If they’re healthy they’ll be taken to Cornwall, Ontario, for another 14 days of quarantine.