Canada Just Stepped Up Its China Travel Warning As Coronavirus Outbreak Worsens
Essential travel only!
The federal government has intensified its travel warning for China after recent news of coronavirus in Canada. Canadians going to Hubei province are being asked to avoid any non-essential travel right now. Although the risk north of the U.S. border remains low, the government and health officials are urging people to practise extreme caution if you plan to travel.
In a public advisory updated late on Sunday, January 26, Canadian authorities have asked the public to avoid travel to and from Hubei province in order to contain the coronavirus, per the Government of Canada.
That area includes the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou.
The advisory comes with the explanation that a warning to avoid all non-essential travel is issued "when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country may be compromised."
"A notice at this level would be issued during a large-scale outbreak in a large geographic area, or if there is increased risk to the traveller and an increased risk of spreading disease to other groups including the Canadian public," reads the Government of Canada website.
The city of Wuhan itself is under quarantine. One Canadian woman alongside her family is.
According to CBC, 19 people in Ontario are being examined for the possibility of coronavirus and another case was presumed, according to Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer.
One man in Toronto has beento have carried the virus.
The second presumed case, his wife, has been in self-isolation since returning to Canada from Wuhan.
"We are working alongside Toronto Public Health, who has been in regular contact with the individual during their self-isolation period," said Dr. Williams.
"Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low."
Despite the risk being low, chances are not being taken. Over in Vancouver, many of the city'shave been cancelled.
According to CBC, Dr. Michael Gardam, an infectious disease specialist and chief of staff at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, says that he isn't worried about the second case.
However, he did emphasize that the disease can spread through close contact.
Gardam suggests avoiding people who seem sick and always washing your hands as there's no current way to fully prevent contracting the virus besides good hygiene.