‘A handful’ of Canadian crew on Grand Princess cruise ship have coronavirus: Champagne

A total of 228 Canadians are back home following several days at sea on-board the Grand Princess cruise ship where dozens of people have contracted the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

But some of the Canadian crew members on board the ship tested positive for the virus and had to be left behind.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne spoke with reporters on Tuesday morning before heading into a federal cabinet meeting, where response plans to the growing global spread are expected to be among the key topics of discussion.

“There were a very limited number of people who had other medical conditions that were not coronavirus related who stayed and are receiving treatment from California health services,” Champagne said.

“We have also a handful of crew that were Canadians that were on the Grand Princess that will be treated. They tested positive for the coronavirus.”

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