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Number of COVID-19 cases in Canada rises to 14 as Ontario records new positive result

Last Updated Mar 4, 2020 at 10:55 am PDT

FILE: In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The government has made plans to release urgent funds to the research community to study the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-CDC via AP, File
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A seventh case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Ontario

The total number of positive cases of the new coronavirus in Canada is now 14

A presumptive positive case of the virus was reported in Quebec; That has yet to be confirmed by the national lab

TORONTO – A seventh case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in Ontario.

The province’s chief medical officer of health announced the new diagnosis on Friday. The patient has been identified as a man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto on Tuesday and who had a travel history to Iran.

The man apparently went to a Toronto-area emergency room the day after arriving in the city, and has since been discharged and sent into self-isolation at home.

This is the 14th confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canada, not including people who were placed in quarantine after arriving on evacuation flights from Japan and China.

Seven cases have been confirmed in B.C. so far as Quebec announced its first presumptive positive case of the new coronavirus on Thursday.

The new case was reported the same day the World Health Organization raised its global risk of virus spread and impact from “high” to “very high.”

As more infections were being reported day-by-day, the head of the WHO reminded the public that containment of the new coronavirus starts with you.

“Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumours, and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason, and solidarity,” Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

You are also being urged to wash your hands regularly, not touch your face, and to educate yourself.

Ghebreyesus said your risk of getting the new coronavirus.