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New confirmed case of the coronavirus in Toronto

Dr. David Williams Chief Medical Officer of Health provides updates on the province's ongoing response to the coronavirus. SunMedia Dr. David Williams Chief Medical Officer of Health provides updates on the province's ongoing response to the coronavirus. SunMedia
Patty Aguilar | 26 February, 2020, 19:16

The Public Health Ontario Laboratory confirmed on February 23 that the test came out presumptive positive.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday the woman's presumptive case was relatively mild, and a number of her close contacts were already in isolation.

De Villa said that when the woman arrived in Toronto on February 21, she was told to call Telehealth Ontario, who after learning of her travel history and symptoms, told her to go straight to North York General Hospital.

"In that travel to China, we know it did include some travel to Hubei province and to Wuhan in particular", she said, referring to the Chinese province and city where the virus first emerged late previous year. She followed precautions while travelling to Toronto, wore a mask and had limited exposure to others.

There are six known cases of the illness in British Columbia, most recently a woman in her 30s who returned to the province last week from travel in Iran.

"We will clear her, as has been the case for others as non-infectious, when we have two tests taken 24 hours apart, showing that the person no longer has any virus", she said.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Ontario's associate chief medical officer, told a news conference Monday that the latest case involves a woman who arrived in Canada from China on Friday and went to North York General Hospital in Toronto with an intermittent cough.

The Public Health Ontario Laboratory confirmed Sunday that the laboratory testing for COVID-19 is presumptive positive, with the sample now being sent over to the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg for confirmation.

It's the fourth in the province-and third in the Toronto region-since the global outbreak began at the end of past year. She was discharged into self-isolation as per protocols.

This would mark the third case for the city of Toronto.

"As we have a very mobile population, with a lot of travel between Canada and China, it is not surprising to learn of this new case", de Villa said in a statement. At this time, I ask our community to continue to respect the privacy of people as they recover from this illness and also once they return to their regular activities.

In South Korea, there are now 763 cases with seven deaths.

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