Quebecer who caught COVID-19 aboard cruise ship tests negative for virus: daughter

The daughter of the Quebec couple placed into quarantine in Japan after contracting COVID-19 says her father, Bernard Ménard, has fully recovered from the illness.

The couple from Gatineau were among the hundreds of passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise liner who contracted COVID-19 during the ship’s ill-fated quarantine at the behest of Japanese authorities.

Bernard and Diane Ménard were forced to stay aboard the ship for a month. After being allowed to disembark, daughter Chantal had requested permission to fly her parents home to Canada on a chartered aircraft.

Instead, the couple were taken to a Japanese military hospital and placed into solitary confinement.

Diane has not yet tested negative for the virus, according to her daughter’s Facebook post.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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