COVID-19: B.C. man on Grand Princess ‘exhilarated’ to be repatriated back to Canada

The news that Canada will soon repatriate the 237 Canadians aboard a cruise ship that has confirmed cases of coronavirus on board was music to the ears of a Surrey, B.C., man and his wife.

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne said Sunday that the passengers on the Grand Princess will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario.

Robert Grubb first heard about the plans from Global News, and he could barely contain his excitement.

“It feels bloody wonderful, is how it feels,” he said with a laugh.

Grubb and his wife, both in their 80s, have been calling on the Canadian government to help them and their fellow citizens since last week, when the ship was denied permission to dock in San Francisco, Calif., over COVID-19 concerns.

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