B.C. father counting down the minutes until his son is evacuated off quarantined cruise ship

Eagerly waits for son's return

A Fort Langley father says he is counting down the minutes until his son is evacuated off the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

“I’m not going to take a deep breath until that plane is wheels up and out of Japanese airspace,” Scott Fehrenbacher told CTV News on Saturday. 

His son, Spencer Fehrenbacher, is one of hundreds of people who have quarantined for over a week due to an outbreak of the new corona virus, now known as COVID-19.

Spencer is a U.S. citizen and a Canadian permanent resident. The U.S. plans to fly citizens home on a chartered flight late Sunday. From there, they'll be taken to an Air Force Base in either California or Texas.

Spencer plans to come back to Vancouver after he completes the 14-day quarantine in the States. 

“They’ve given him instructions on how many bags he can take, what the total weight of the bags are, what to expect. And they do have to pass one final temperature screening before they’re allowed to leave," said Fehrenbacher.

"He’s been taking his temperature multiple times a day. Thank the lord, so far he is very stable at the right temperature."

Fehrenbacher is doing anything he can to pass the time until that happens.

“My other son, my son-in-law and I are all growing beards until Spencer arrives at YVR," Fehrenbacher said, "and then we’re going to shave and have a big party, whenever that is.”

Mainland China has recorded 1,523 deaths and one death recorded in Japan, Hong Kong, France and Philippines respectively. More than 67,000 cases have been reported globally, eight of those in Canada.

B.C. announced another presumed case Friday, bringing the provincial total to 5.

- With files from CTV News Vancouver 

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