Canadians aboard COVID-19 stricken cruise ship to start coming home today
People look out from the Coral Princess cruise ship as it is docked at PortMiami during the new coronavirus outbreak, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Miami. According to Princess Cruises, disembarkation of guests is expected to take several days due to limited flight availability. Guests requiring shoreside medical care will be prioritized to disembark first. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, April 5, 2020 6:05AM EDT
OTTAWA - Canadians aboard another COVID-19 stricken cruise ship are expected to start coming home today.
The Coral Princess arrived in Miami Saturday with 97 Canadian passengers and two Canadian crew members aboard, and Princess Cruises said disembarkation of guests who are fit to fly would begin Sunday.
The company has said that a dozen people on board have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, while others are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Canada's COVID-19 caseload grew by 1,471 Saturday for a total of 14,018 confirmed and presumptive cases, while the virus-related death toll rose by 46, to 233.
But amid that grim news, there was also some cause for optimism. British Columbia medical health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the curve in the number of cases in her province appears to be flattening.
And Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at his daily briefing yesterday that Canada would be receiving "millions" of desperately needed surgical-grade N95 masks in the next 48 hours by a chartered cargo flight.