3 potential new coronaviruses cases under investigation in Quebec

Jan 28 2020, 6:31 am

Three people are being investigated in the province for potential cases of the coronavirus, according to Quebec’s health and social services ministry.

Last Thursday, five potential cases of the virus were ruled out by Quebec authorities.

Quebec’s public health board reiterates that “no confirmed cases of the new 2019 coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported in Quebec,” but monitoring a potential outbreak remains critical.

The provincial health board wishes to reassure the population that even as the outbreak is “evolving rapidly,” all necessary actions have been taken to diagnose cases that could arise in Quebec.

On Monday, a second presumptive case of coronavirus was confirmed in Toronto. The Government of Ontario said the wife of the province’s first case of the coronavirus has tested positive at Ontario’s public health laboratory.

Quebec health officials concluded its news release by stating that while investigations into potential outbreaks cannot be excluded, the risk of transmission of the disease in Quebec remains “low.”

The coronavirus, officially known as 2019-nCoV, is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, near a seafood market in 2019.

Over 4,500 people have been infected around the world, resulting in 106 deaths. The majority of the confirmed cases have been in mainland China with a small number of cases in East Asia, France, Germany, the United States, and Canada.

Canadian outbreak updates can be found on the Government of Canada’s website.