Canada’s second case of the novel coronavirus has been announced in Ontario.
Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, confirmed in a news release today (January 27) that the patient is the wife of Canada’s first case, who was confirmed on January 25 with the virus. She has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto with her husband on January 22.
She tested positive with a provincial test and is now awaiting the results of a federal test.
"We are working alongside Toronto Public Health, who has been in regular contact with the individual during their self-isolation period," Dr. Williams stated. "Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low."
Her husband was reported to have been experiencing symptoms during his flight back to Toronto from Wuhan via Guangzhou but did not report himself to border officers upon arrival in Toronto. Instead, a family member called 911 the next day when his symptoms intensified.
Ontario is investigating 19 other patients for the virus, and has cleared 15 cases.
The total number of coronavirus cases worldwide has risen to 2,886 with 81 deaths and 59 recoveries.
In mainland China, there are 2,825 cases, with others in Hong Kong (8), Thailand (8), Macau (6), Australia (5), Taiwan (5), USA (5), Japan (4), Malaysia (4), Singapore (4), South Korea (4), France (3), Vietnam (2), and Nepal (1).
New to the list is Cambodia, which reported its first case today (January 27).
On January 26. the United States confirmed its fourth case in Los Angeles and its fifth case in Arizona's Maricopa County.