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Air Canada Passenger Tests Positive For Coronavirus On Montreal-Vancouver Flight

Coronavirus under the microscope. Supplied by BC Centre for Disease Control Coronavirus under the microscope. Supplied by BC Centre for Disease Control
Patty Aguilar | 26 February, 2020, 19:17

Henry said authorities have been in touch with a "number of close contacts" from the sixth case and "no one else showing symptoms at the moment".

Dr. Bonnie Henry says the World Health Organization has not listed the outbreak as a pandemic, but the situation is changing, with confirmed cases in 39 countries.

The fifth case is a woman in her 30s who had recently returned from Shanghai and who remained in isolation at home in B.C.'s Interior.

She said the latest case contracted the virus while in close contact with the sixth case, while in the Fraser Health region, which stretches from Delta in the west, to Hope in the east and White Rock to the south.

"Given the individual's clinical assessment and history, there is a low risk that she was infectious", the Toronto health unit said in a statement.

Case 5 - a woman living in the B.C. Interior who had returned from Shanghai - is also doing well, while Case 6 and 7 - two Fraser Valley residents who had close contact with each other, one of which who had recently returned from Iran - remain at home in isolation while recovering.

"While we don't confirm individual details, we can confirm that the individuals who sat near the person on the flights they travelled on and the flight crew will be contacted", said Christine Ackerley of the province's Public Health Services Authority.

Henry added that if people get targeted, then the likelihood of other suspected cases coming forward will plummet.

Weekend reports of a new case of COVID-19 in a passenger travelling on an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Vancouver on Valentine's Day are misleading - the passenger is the same case reported in British Columbia last Thursday.

Air Canada confirmed it was advised Saturday by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control that a passenger travelling on February 14 tested positive for COVID-19.

"Air Canada is working with public health authorities and has taken all recommended measures", Air Canada media relations spokesperson Pascale Dery wrote in an email.

The federal government has repatriated more than 500 Canadians and their families from areas affected by the new strain of coronavirus, including the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

"They won't say which school it is, or even which city it's in, and so now parents like me are thinking, you know, should I be extra anxious?"

"The BCCDC is now officially authorized for COVID-19 testing by the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) and therefore samples no longer require further confirmation by the NML in Winnipeg".

Meanwhile, Ontario identified its fourth presumptive positive case on Sunday after a woman arrived in Canada from China and presented at North York General Hospital with a mild and intermittent cough.

As of Monday morning, COVID-19 has infected 79,746 people around the world and killed 2,628, most of whom are in China.

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