Canada Health Delegates Confirm First Coronavirus Case

Canada’s head medical officer stated Sunday that a person who was declared the country’s first “presumptive” confirmed case of the coronavirus had developed signs on the aircraft while traveling from Wuhan in China to Toronto.

The province of Ontario health officers on Saturday stated a person in his 50s developed a respiratory illness after arriving in Toronto on Jan. 22 from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak of the viral illness, and was being handled in a public hospital and in isolation.

Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief well-being officer, told reporters in Ottawa that the patient had mild signs while on the flight, although he didn’t report his condition after touchdown at the Toronto airport.

The person arrived by way of China Southern Airlines flight CZ311 from Guangzhou to Toronto.

Tam stated health officials are in the early process of contacting other vacationers on that flight.

However, Tam stated other people on the flight or airport that weren’t close to the patient shouldn’t be overly involved.

Canada’s Health Minister Patty Hajdu informed reporters that the Nationwide Microbiology Laboratory would take as much as 24 hours to confirm the observations on the local laboratory. And once NML tests are confirmed positive, then Canada will declare its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

Foreign minister François-Philippe Champagne on Sunday continued to advise Canadians to avoid a non-essential journey to the province of Hubei, including cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou as a result of travel restrictions slapped by China following the spread of coronavirus.

He stated the federal government is in touch with Canadians in the area and providing help to people on the ground.

Canada doesn’t have a consular presence in Wuhan, the statement added.