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'Can I see her any sooner?': Father reunites with daughter in Canadian quarantine zone

Richard Fabic is voluntarily entering the quarantine zone at a Canadian Forces base to reunite with his 15-month-old daughter, Chloe, who was among hundreds of Canadians evacuated from Wuhan, China amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

“Once I go in, there’s no do-overs,” Fabic told CTV News on Friday before heading into quarantine. "At the same time, can I get there any faster, and can I see her any sooner?”

More than 200 Canadians and their families arrived Friday on two chartered flights from China, the epicentre of the outbreak that has killed 722 and infected another 31,774. They will spend the next two weeks being closely monitored at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario.

Fabic, a Canadian citizen from Mississauga, Ont., has been anxiously awaiting his daughter’s return. Chloe had been visiting family in China with her grandparents. He jumped at the opportunity to be with his daughter, even if it meant putting himself under quarantine as well.

Montrealers Megan Millward, Lie Zhang and their children were worried Zhang would not be able to return with them to Canada because he is a permanent resident and not a Canadian citizen. But he was given permission to board with them just moments before takeoff.

“I think definitely the worst is behind us. It won’t be a breeze finding things to do with them, but they gave us colouring books, toys, and we have electronic devices,” Millward said. “We’ll definitely make it. We’re not worried.”

So far, there have been five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Canada with two more presumptive cases identified in British Columbia. Seven Canadians on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan are also among 41 passengers who have also tested positive for the virus.


The first plane landed at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Quinte West, approximately 170 kilometres east of Toronto, just before 7 a.

2020-02-07 12:16

CTV News - Ottawa

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