While Australia, Malaysia, Japan confirm cases of coronavirus infection, Canadian hospital confirms case of deadly coronavirus, Associated Press said. A Toronto hospital has a confirmed case of the deadly SARS-like virus from China.
Canada’s first death from the Chinese virus made the public health to urge the population to be as attentive as possible. According to the latest data from China, the outbreak of the SARS-like virus in Wuhan, where it has killed 56 people and has spread worldwide.
As the Canadian officials said, the man is his 50s and recently flew from Wuhan, China to Guangzhou, China and then on to Toronto on Jan. 23. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it is “caring for a patient who has a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.”
Describing the situation, Dr Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s Associate Chief Medical Officer, said that the Chinese patient really wasn’t in Toronto very long. “He wasn’t feeling well. I think he was at home and the people that live with him are in self-isolation,” she added.
Coronavirus spreads the world
In Asian countries, only Australia and Malaysia have reported their first cases Saturday – four each. In Japan, the third patient with coronavirus has been detected.
Among the European countries, France confirmed three cases Friday, the first in Europe, and the U.S. identified its second, a woman in Chicago who had returned from China.
In Canada, while the case has been confirmed by a test in Toronto, officials said it has yet to complete separate testing by the federal government’s National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases in Winnipeg. The illness will officially be fully confirmed once it completes that testing.
As Dr David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, suggests, they are 95% sure it is the new virus originated in Wuhan.
“This is the first presumptive confirmed case,” said Williams. “While we are convinced our tests do demonstrate positivity there is confirmation at the national medical laboratory in Winnipeg and once that is done is is a fully confirmed case.”