A third case of the novel coronavirus in Ontario has been reported. The patient is thought to reside in London, Ontario, and would represent the fourth Canadian case of the illness. Two other people have been diagnosed in Ontario, and one in British Columbia.
The province confirmed later on Friday that the patient is a female Western University student in her 20s who arrived from Wuhan, China on January 23, per CBC.*
Western validated that, tweeting: "A Western student is confirmed to have Novel Coronavirus. The student took great care in terms of self-isolation and treatment, and has not been on campus since returning from China."
The statement added that the regional health unit has confirmed "there is very low risk to campus community."
This case is different compared to Ontario's previous bouts, as the woman initially tested negative, said health officials. A second more detailed test showed she was carrying low levels of the virus.
The woman fully recovered within three days.
Earlier on Friday, January 31, the individual who contracted Canada's first confirmed case of new coronavirus was discharged from a hospital in Toronto.
The man, who had been treated at Sunnybrook Health Centre after flying in from China last week, is now in self-isolation at home with his wife, Toronto's second case, which had been confirmed on Monday.
#BREAKING: Dr. David Williams, Ontario chief medical officer of health, confirms third case of #coronavirus in Onta… https://t.co/AyfZ0dFeZf— Laura Stone (@Laura Stone)1580500486.0
Recent times in Ontario have seen a certain level of unrest set in.
A reported shortage of hand sanitizer is causing empty shelves in some stores in the 6ix.
Meanwhile, over in Ottawa, face masks are becoming increasingly hard to get hold of as demand surges.
A Western student is confirmed to have Novel Coronavirus. The student took great care in terms of self-isolation an… https://t.co/LYcX8r38mI— Western University (@Western University)1580502075.0
Earlier on Friday, before the reports of the third case, Dr. Michael Gardam, chief of staff at Humber River Hospital, stressed there is no reason to believe the illness will spread further in Canada.
"We don't have any evidence whatsoever, in any of the countries where this has been imported, that we're seeing spread into the general community," he told CBC's Metro Morning.
Novel #coronavirus infections are diagnosed based on symptoms and laboratory tests. If you become sick when you ret… https://t.co/mVvIJhbegd— Dr. Theresa Tam (@Dr. Theresa Tam)1580482847.0
"The risk right now, in Toronto or in Canada, for the general public ... is zero," he said.
The novel coronavirus has now infected close to 10,000 people worldwide, per the Star.
*This article has been updated.