Canadians urged to leave China now as first evacuation attempt hits snag

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OTTAWA — Canadians are being encouraged to leave China while they still can as the federal government and counterparts around the world struggle to evacuate citizens from the centre of the novel coronavirus outbreak — and prevent further spread of the disease. Federal cabinet ministers issued the call for all Canadians on non-essential business to leave China on Wednesday as the government’s first attempt at evacuating about 200 people from the Chinese city of Wuhan hit a snag due to bad weather. The federal government was also facing questions over how it planned to get other Canadians out of the quarantined city, even as it announced having secured several dozen additional seats on board a U.S.-chartered aircraft.