No known cases of coronavirus in Quebec, but province says it's prepared

Katie Ramirez
February 1, 2020

However it remained unclear Wednesday whether the plan would apply to all Quebecers or just those working in diplomatic posts and for the government.

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate chief medical officer of health, said a person is considered free of the virus once two tests at least 24 hours apart are negative.

"I think that anything that we are doing as politicians or leaders or members of the media that will create a sense of anxiety or panic is actually a unsafe road to travel down", she said. "Due to their hard work, the risk to Ontarians remains low". "She's perfectly well now".

The woman is a student at Western University, but has not been on campus since returning to London, the school said in a statement.

Federal officials are looking at all options, including the possibility that the repatriates could be housed at a military base for quarantine, she said.

"That's one of the reasons she was particularly alert to the issues", he said.

"Most cases and the spread of the novel coronavirus are occurring in affected areas in China with only three cases detected in Canada", Tam said.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said he is now recovering at home along with his wife, who also became ill with the virus.

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But she added that the best protection for the general public is frequent handwashing, and for those who are sick, coughing into your elbow and staying home.

Tina Namiesniowski, president of the Public Health Agency of Canada, told the committee it is to be expected that there will be travel-related cases in Canada and that the number of confirmed cases will rise.

Late Wednesday, Health officials in B.C. said the presumed case in that province had also been confirmed by the lab in Winnipeg. That case is also linked to recent travel.

A mysterious new type of coronavirus has now infected nearly 10,000 people globally, including three in Canada, pushing the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a global health emergency.

As of Friday, China counted 9,692 confirmed cases with a death toll of 213.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Air Canada and British Airways had joined several other carriers in flights to China. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says officials are in regular contact with the individual who is in isolation at home, and the risk of spread of the virus in B.C. remains low.

Personnel in protective clothing approach an aircraft, chartered by the U.S. State Department to evacuate government employees and other Americans from the novel coronavirus threat in the Chinese city of Wuhan, after it arrived at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, U.S., January 29, 2020.

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