Coronavirus: Canada confirms first virus case, second is ‘presumptive’

The Canadian health authorities on Monday confirmed the country’s first case of Coronavirus. The authorities have said that the patient’s wife has also tested positive of Coronavirus which originated in China where over 80 people have died.

The health authorities have also said that the woman’s case is still listed as “presumptive,” pending final confirmation by a national lab in Winnipeg. Nearly 20 people are being monitored.

The man, who was confirmed to been infected with the Coronavirus, is in his 50s. He arrived in Toronto in Canada on January 22 from Wuhan, the epicenter of the epidemic. He is currently being treated in isolation in a hospital in Montreal.

His wife, who had traveled with him, is believed to have contracted the virus and is in self-isolation, AFP reported.

He qualified the risk to others in Ontario as “low,” given that the woman has been in self-isolation. “We also have 19 persons under investigation for whom results are pending,” the province’s associate chief medical officer, said.

China continued to reel under deadly coronavirus epidemic on Monday with the death toll due to it sharply rising to 80 amid the country’s National Health Commission reporting 2,744 confirmed cases of the fatal affliction till date.

The Commission also termed the condition of the 461 people being treated for the virus, officially known as 2019-nCoV, as “critical”.

The Commission’s said during the past 24 hours, 769 new confirmed cases, 3,806 new suspected cases and 24 deaths from the disease were reported.

By Sunday, the pneumonia situation had resulted in a total of 80 deaths, while 51 people had recovered and 5,794 remained as suspected patients.


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