Quebec is taking "necessary measures" to protect citizens from the coronavirus

Jan 22 2020, 2:08 pm

Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services says it’s taking the “necessary measures” to protect the population against a coronavirus outbreak.

Quebec’s public 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, according to a news release.

Instructions regarding an emergency outbreak and case management has been distributed throughout the province’s public health network.

Interventions are being carried out at Canadian airports, urging people who have attended the affected areas, or who have symptoms, to consult on-site emergency workers.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases in Canada.

Few cases have been diagnoses outside of China, states the news release, citing that all related cases were linked to a visit to the affected region.

According to analysis, transmission between people is considered possible but the overall risk to Canadians remains low.

“All measures have been taken to detect the virus throughout the province and to protect the population,” says Horacio Arruda, Director of Public Health in the French news release. “The health and social services network is ready to face a potential outbreak. In addition, our governments are taking all the necessary precautions to monitor arrivals at airports from the affected regions. We will remain vigilant and monitor the situation closely.”

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