BC man presumed to have coronavirus doing well: health official

The man's case is still considered a presumptive positive pending confirmation from a laboratory in Winnipeg, but Dr. Henry said "we are confident this is truly a case of this novel coronavirus".

The German man is stable and receiving treatment while in isolation.

Health officials said that the first person had contracted the disease from a Chinese colleague who had visited the area for a company workshop a week ago. The majority of his most recent trip to China was spent in Wuhan, the city at the centre of an outbreak in that country.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, he followed public health messaging, contacted a primary health-care provider to notify them that he had travelled to Wuhan city, was experiencing symptoms and would be coming for assessment and care. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally.

The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but the CDC notes that cases have been identified in a growing number of other worldwide locations, including the US.

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"It's a sign that the system is working", Hajdu said in Ottawa.

There are still just five confirmed cases of the virus in the USA, a number that hasn't changed since yesterday, though at least 110 people in 26 states are still under observation.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne was scheduled to hold a news conference later today to discuss the government's plans to help Canadians who are stuck in China and unable to leave because of quarantines imposed there.

Champagne said he's been in contact with the Chinese government and is co-ordinating with other countries on the ground "as to what's going on, what's the best way to evacuate citizens". "The driver of respiratory outbreaks is symptomatic people, not asymptomatic carriers", said Fauci.

Asked what the risk categorisation meant, the World Health Organization said it was "a global evaluation of risk, covering severity, spread and capacity to cope". All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. Tests have been sent to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The figures reported on the past two stated that the death toll was 81, whilse the number of confirmed cases increased from 2,835 on Monday to 4,515 on Tuesday, according to the National Health Commission.

  • Sonia Alvarado