Public health officials were working Sunday to track down some of the passengers of a China Southern Airlines flight to Toronto this week after learning that the patient diagnosed with Canada's first case of coronavirus showed symptoms on the plane.
Public health officials said the woman's husband, a man in his fifties, had mild symptoms on his flight from Guangzhou, China to Toronto.
Health officials said most of the people who had close contact with the husband and wife have been contacted.
"Lab tests were conducted and at the earliest signs of a presumptive positive case, Toronto public health launched extensive case and contact managmenet to prevent and control further spread of the infection".
Dr. Williams, joined by Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, will provide an update on the emerging situation at 11:30 a.m.at Queen's Park.
Tam said the likely diagnosis of a second case has not changed her view that the risk of contracting the virus remains low in Canada, noting the two instances follow a reassuring pattern.
China is reporting 2,744 cases and 80 deaths, but it remains to be seen whether the virus is as risky as the common flu, which kills thousands every year in Canada alone.
Health officials confirmed the first "presumptive" case of coronavirus on Saturday.
Portugal's government aims to airlift citizens stranded in Wuhan, the city in China where a coronavirus epidemic originated that has already killed more than 80 people there and which has in the meantime been quarantined.
Others are more anxious and suggesting they're going to limit their contact with others.
Late Monday Canada's foreign ministry issued a warning to "avoid all travel" to China's Hubei province, which includes Wuhan.
Some experts have praised Beijing for being more reactive and open about this virus compared to its handling of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic of 2002-2003.
The head of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that he is confident in China's ability to contain the virus.
Over the weekend, Sunnybrook confirmed that the first coronavirus patient in Ontario had recently travelled to Wuhan.
Both sick patients arrived in Toronto from the Wuhan area. Make sure you do your best to not infect other people by covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough. Still, health authorities insist the risk to Canadians remains low. However, because registration is voluntary, the numbers do not give a complete picture of how many Canadians live in the region or in China.
"And we have ruled out about 15 or 16 as well". "We are in contact with and providing assistance to Canadians now on the ground", Champagne said in a statement.
Health officials underscored the difference between the SARS outbreak 17 years ago and the coronavirus. Instead, they will be told to monitor for the development of fever, cough or any other symptoms for the next 14 days and be in contact with health authorities if they develop.