The Canadians were passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
And Canadian authorities are looking closely at their experience on the Diamond Princess cruise ship as the country prepares for an upcoming tourist season with concerns about the novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, still very much in the air.
Stock photo of the main entrance of the Nav Centre (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).
The evacuees leaving quarantine were the first to arrive from the centre of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, on February 7.
Since the ship was quarantined, 634 passengers have tested positive, making it the largest outbreak of the virus outside China, with 47 Canadians among those who will have to remain in Japan for treatment.
Meanwhile, Canada's Health Minister has said there's a chance those who have tested negative for the virus and show no symptoms while at the centre in Cornwall could be released from quarantine early.
Hajdu said Canada will be keeping its eye on Japan's examination of how the virus was handled aboard the ship, especially as it relates to Canada's own upcoming tourist season.
The evacuation came just after Japanese officials broke the news that two passengers from the ship died after contracting the virus.
The Canadians who contracted the illness did not board the flight.
The federal government said it continues to work with provincial, territorial and local health authorities to ensure that the returning Canadians and their family members receive all the medical and ongoing support necessary to protect their health and the health and safety of all Canadians.
"Cornwall did not get to choose to have this quarantine here, but we do get to choose how we react to this", said Mayor Clement in an opening statement during a press conference on Monday, Feb. 17. He hopes to return to Calgary by Friday evening, he said.
At 2:01 a.m. (EST), 129 Canadians and accompanying family members travelling on the chartered plane arrived at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.
COVID-19 has infected thousands of people world-wide and killed hundreds, mainly in China.
The government can provide transport to Toronto Pearson International Airport "to help facilitate their return home".