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2 More Cases Of Coronavirus Have Been Officially Confirmed In Canada

This brings the total number of cases to seven.
2 More Cases Of Coronavirus Have Been Officially Confirmed In Canada

As of February 8, two more cases of the coronavirus in Canada have been confirmed. This brings the total number of cases within Canada up to seven. The latest diagnoses were made in British Columbia.

Earlier this week, two presumptive cases were sent for laboratory testing. Health Canada officially confirmed the two cases on Saturday. 

According to an announcement from Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the two new patients were visiting Canada from Hubei province in China.

"These two visitors are a man and a woman in their 30s" Henry said, as reported by Global News.

The two people are believed to have come into contact with someone else confirmed to have coronavirus earlier in the week. All three individuals have been moved into isolation.

As of February 6, 371 samples were tested from 264 individuals, according to the BC Centre for Disease Control.

In a February 3 statement, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s provincial health officer said, "We want to reassure people that the risk of this virus spreading within British Columbia remains low at this time."

The statement continues, "All necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of infection. We have multiple systems in place to prepare for, detect and respond in order to prevent the spread of serious infectious diseases in the province."

Dix has also urged BC residents to stay home from school or work if they feel sick, according to Global News.

As of February 8, there are 34,828 confirmed cases of coronavirus in 25 different countries with 724 related deaths, according to reports from the World Health Organization.

Seven Canadians aboard a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have also tested positive for the virus.

There are people in Canada working on solutions to the illness.

Scientists in Edmonton is working on a facemask that kills the virus, while a lab in Saskatchewan is busy trying to develop a vaccine.

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