Ontario confirms 2 more cases of coronavirus in the GTA

Mar 3 2020, 10:21 am

Two more cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in the GTA.

A Ministry of Health spokesperson, Hayley Chazan, told Daily Hive that the two latest cases are GTA residents who had recently travelled to Iran and Egypt, and both have been placed into self-isolation.

According to the province, a female in her 70s with travel history to Egypt arrived in Toronto on Thursday, February 20.

She presented herself to Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital on Sunday, March 1 and was discharged the same day where she remains in self-isolation.

The other patient is a man in his 50s who returned from Iran on Tuesday, February 25. He presented himself to North York General Hospital’s emergency department on Saturday and  was discharged home on the same day where he remains in self-isolation.

The appropriate local public health units, Toronto and York Region, are actively engaged in managing the cases.

The news comes just one day after three more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed by the province, making the total 20.

Two of the cases announced on Monday are women with a recent travel history to Egypt, who both returned to Toronto on February 20. The third case was a man in his 60s, who took a recent trip to Iran and was diagnosed after returning to Toronto on February 23.

“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,” Dr. David Williams, chief medical officer of health said in a statement. “The province continues to carefully monitor this situation and encourage residents to stay informed by regularly reviewing credible information sources.”

As of the morning of March 2, 27 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.