Third case of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario, bringing Canadian cases to four

  • Third case of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario, bringing Canadian cases to four

Third case of coronavirus confirmed in Ontario, bringing Canadian cases to four

"What we are looking at a scenario where we have all the measures in place to protect Canadians from exposure to the virus", she said.

Among other things, she said worldwide health regulations have been strengthened and Canada now has a public health agency that didn't exist during the SARS outbreak, as well as improved laboratory and diagnostic capacity and better co-ordination among federal, provincial and territorial health authorities.

Canada has chartered a plane to bring home as many as 160 of its nationals from China because of the coronavirus epidemic, officials said on Wednesday (Jan 29).

"We're working out the processes right now to determine who is coming, what the state of their health will be when they board the plane and what processes we need to take in order to ensure their health when they return", she said.

However Nadine Girault, Quebec's minister for worldwide relations, was more nuanced in her comments, saying the scenario being examined right now only looked at the recall of five government employees, some of whom work in the Canadian embassy in China. "Decisions will be taken in (the days to come)". "We are flying a non-commercial flight into a new country that is under quarantine, that has some very strict protocols on where planes can land".

The threat from air travel is actually dropping.

"The most important measure to prevent infection is regular handwashing and I know that sounds really boring".

About 250 Canadians there are registered with Global Affairs Canada, according to the government.

Its flagship airline Air Canada announced on Wednesday it was suspending flights to mainland China, citing the government advisory.

Tremblay said Canadian authorities made it clear that they are not trying to get citizens out on planes.

A passenger waits beside their luggage at the departure terminal at Toronto Pearson Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, May 24, 2019.

Travel Alberta, which works to promote tourism to the province, says it's hearing about cancellations of Chinese tourists to Canadian hotspots including Banff and Yellowknife.

The number of Canadians looking to flee China because of the coronavirus epidemic rose to almost 200 on Thursday while a third suspected case in Canada was confirmed.

The government has launched a website dedicated to the coronavirus and set up an information hotline. Earlier this week, the department warned against all travel to Hubei province, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.