102 cases of coronavirus under investigation in Ontario

Mar 4 2020, 9:24 am

The government of Ontario says that 102 possible cases of coronavirus are under investigation in the province.

Additionally, the province said that the total number of patients approved for the testing to date is 1,338, with 1,216 confirmed as negative cases.

According to Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, two new cases were identified in the province on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Ontario to 20.

Of these, the first three cases were resolved, meaning the patients had two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.

Government of Ontario

The latest cases in Ontario, confirmed on March 3, were a female in her 70s with a travel history to Egypt, and a man in his 50s who returned from Iran.

The woman is from York Region and was assessed at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, while the male patient was assessed at North York General Hospital.

Both patients are in self-isolation, according to the province.

“At this time, the virus is not circulating locally. However, given the global circumstances, Ontario is actively working with city and health partners to plan for the potential of local spread,” said the province on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created a new cabinet committee to address the federal response to the virus, as the COVID-19 outbreak is “evolving rapidly internationally.”

According to the Canadian government, the new committee on the federal response to the coronavirus disease will complement the work being done by the Incident Response Group.

The committee will meet regularly to ensure whole-of-government leadership, coordination, and preparedness for a response to the health and economic impacts of the virus.

As of March 3, 2020, 33 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.