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Ontario health officials to hold media briefing on response to coronavirus

Ontario health officials to hold media briefing on response to coronavirus”

There are no confirmed cases thus far of coronavirus in Quebec, McCann said, but added that whatever the case, repatriation of Quebecers from China would be considered.

Tam said that cases in Canada remain connected to people who have traveled to the main areas affected by the virus in China such as Wuhan, and that health officials are monitoring those who report symptoms upon arrival. It also blocked Canadian agricultural shipments.

Also not all Canadians who requested assistance want to necessarily come back to Canada, she said.

"As well, all travel from China is now significantly diminished as a result of exit border measures by the Chinese government in the effort to contain the outbreak".

However it remained unclear Wednesday whether the plan would apply to all Quebecers or just those working in diplomatic posts and for the government. "The only plane that has landed was a USA plane that was scheduled to there, the other was Japan plane that was there this morning", said Champagne.

When presenting its evaluation of the epidemic development, the World Health Organization (WHO) stressed on Thursday that it disapproves of and even opposes any travel or trade restrictions on China and that it has confidence in China's eventual win against the virus, Wang said. "The system is working. We need to know this is a time for Canadians - all Canadians, including Canadians of Chinese origin - to pull together and to lean on each other", Trudeau told reporters in Brampton, Ont.

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He said there are 27 cases under investigation in the province, and 38 people have already been tested and cleared.

Virologist Vikram Misra of the University of Saskatchewan says while Canadian bats do carry coronaviruses, they're a different strain than the one that makes up SARS, MERS and the new virus.

Dr. Williams said that while Coronavirus remains a concern, it appears not to be a disease that is easily transmitted from one person to the next. A decision will be made in the coming days, Quebec Health Minister Danielle McCann said on Wednesday.

Instead, he suggested people practice "respiratory hygiene" by washing their hands and covering their mouths when sneezing or coughing.

-With files from The Associated Press.



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