New presumptive case of the novel coronavirus confirmed in British Columbia

Henrietta Strickland
February 5, 2020

She became ill a few days ago.

We were told by a ministry spokesperson that "in order to maintain the privacy of the patient, we are not releasing their location at this time". The woman is now in self-isolation at home and health officials are following up with the visitors, who are conscious of the outbreak and have minimized contact outside of the home, Dr. Henry said.

Henry said a local test for the novel coronavirus at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control came back positive on Monday night, but that the case won't be officially confirmed until the results are replicated at the National Microbiology Lab.

"Those details are still being worked on".

"The test came back positive yesterday, and Vancouver Coastal is doing the detailed investigations today", said Henry.

"However, they were well aware of (the coronavirus outbreak) and were limiting their contact with people outside the home". His case was announced last week; he has remained at home since then and is doing well.

A map showing the spread and intensity of the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, Feb. 04.

A charter plane for Canadians in China is expected to leave on Thursday.

Last Friday, the province said it had tested 114 samples for the virus, but only one case had been confirmed.

Both patients reside in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, which includes Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore, the Sunshine Coast, the Sea to Sky corridor, Powell River, Bella Bella and Bella Coola.

The new case brings Canada's total to five. The other three are in Ontario.

Officials say 425 people died in mainland China, while there has been one death in Hong Kong, and one in the Philippines.

On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global health emergency.

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