The Coronavirus Has Hit Toronto With Their Second "Presumptive" Case Confirmed
They are husband and wife.
The City of Toronto claims that the risk still remains low after a second "presumptive" case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed. The woman, who is the second confirmed case in Toronto, arrived back in Canada from Wuhan on January 22 on flight CZ311, which flew in from Guangzhou, China. She has reportedly been in self-isolation since arriving back into the country.
CP24 reports that the first person who showed symptoms of the virus is the husband of the second case. He began showing mild symptoms while aboard the plane, yet was still allowed into the country because he did not report his symptoms.
Both sick patients arrived in Toronto from the Wuhan area. Health officials have taken safety precautions to contain the virus since the first case was confirmed.
“The patient has been managed with all appropriate infection and prevention control protocols, so the risk of onward spread in Canada is low,” Dr. Theresa Tam told CP24.
"Today, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed that the wife of the province's first case of Wuhan novel coronavirus has tested positive for the virus at Ontario's public health laboratory," says a news release from the Government of Ontario.
Toronto Public Health has been in regular contact with the woman, who has remained quarantined in her home during this time.
"Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low," Dr. Williams said in the release.
Health officials are looking to contact whoever was sitting next to the couple on their China Southern Airlines flight in case they may have become sick as well.
However, health officials are reminding us that the virus is currently under a "presumptive positive" status.
That means that the first tests confirmed the presence of the virus, but they are still running a second test to make sure, and the results have yet to come back.
The National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg is handling the double-confirmation testing and will report if it is 100% confirmed to be the new coronavirus.
So far, 80 people have died from the novel coronavirus and around 2,744 people in China are infected.