Hours after Ontario announced its seventh probable case of COVID-19, the province announced yet another case.
Ontario’s chief medical health officer Dr. David Williams confirmed that the province's eighth case was detected in a man in his 80s who returned to Toronto from Egypt on February 20 and went to Scarborough Health Network's General Hospital's emergency department on February 27.
At the hospital, he was tested for the virus and isolated before being sent home for self-isolation.
If confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, in addition to confirmations of four previous cases (three in Ontario and one in Quebec), this could be Canada's 16th case.
Yet another COVID-19 case has been detected in Ontario with a connection to Iran, paralleling several recent cases in Canada over the past few days.
Today (February 28), Ontario’s chief medical health officer Dr. David Williams confirmed in a news release that the province’s seventh case of COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, has been found in a man in his 50s in Toronto.
The man, who had visited Iran, went to the emergency department at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on February 26.
After he was tested for the virus and isolated at the hospital, he was sent home and went into self-isolation.
This case follows the province’s fifth and sixth cases also found in Toronto, which were announced on February 26 and 27 after a woman returned from Iran and her husband then became infected.
Also on February 27, Quebec announced its first probably case, found in a woman in Montreal who also returned from Iran.
All of these cases have yet to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg. If all of these cases are confirmed at the national level, Canada will reach a total of 15 cases, with three recoveries.
B.C. has had seven cases, with one recovery, and has tested 1,012 individuals and 1,425 samples as of February 27.
Iran rapidly rose to being the country with the third-largest number of cases outside of mainland China and is now at 388 cases, after South Korea (2,337 cases) and Italy (889 cases). Canada raised the health risk level for travel to these countries to Level 2, or exercise a high degree of caution.
The total number of cases internationally is almost at 84,200 with approximately 2,900 deaths and about 37,000 recoveries.
South America’s first case was confirmed in Brazil on February 26 after a man returned from Italy.
Countries in which all cases have recovered include Vietnam (16), India (3), Russia (2), Belgium (1), Cambodia (1), Egypt (1), Nepal (1), and Sri Lanka (1) while all three cases in the Philippines have concluded after one death and two recoveries.