TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – A fourth case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Canada
The new case is in London, Ontario, making this the province’s third so far. According to health officials, the woman in her 20s has been and continues to be in isolation.
The province’s medical officer of health said the woman’s illness was “very mild” and she had already recovered within two to three days of showing symptoms. She also took precautions, like wearing a medical mask, to try and prevent the spread of her illness, doctors say.
After arriving in Canada from Wuhan on Jan. 23, the woman went to the hospital a day later, where samples were taken, but she was not admitted because her symptoms were not severe.
“Because of her awareness of the risks associated with travel to Wuhan, she went straight into isolation in her home when she returned home,” Medical Officer of Health for the Middlesex London Health Unit Dr. Chris Mackie said on Friday. “The only time she’s been out of her home since then is to hospital for testing and, again, wore the equivalent of a surgical mask to protect others.”
Tests of her samples apparently first came back as negative, but the national lab’s results returned “weakly positive” results.
On whether there was any concern for those on the plane she flew back on, health officials said the risk of infection was low as she was not symptomatic on the flight.
Earlier on Friday, a Toronto hospital discharged a man who had Canada’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.
There are now close to 10,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, predominantly in China, around the world. So far 213 people — all in China — have died as a result of the illness. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has since declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.