Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne removes a translation headphones as he listens to opening remarks at the start of a meeting of Lima Group ministers in Gatineau, Thursday February 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Healthy Canadians were issued face masks and coloured wrist bands before they left the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan to board buses that took them to Tokyo's airport.
They have spent weeks under quarantine for the novel coronavirus, and will face a further quarantine at a Nav Canada facility in Cornwall, Ontario.
The ship has seen the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, with 634 passengers testing positive, including 47 Canadians who will have to remain in Japan for treatment.
François-Philippe Champagne's tweet: The Canadian flight departing #Tokyo is wheels up. More information to follow.
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