Husband of Ontario's fifth COVID-19 patient also tests positive for virus

Husband of Ontario's fifth COVID-19 patient also tests positive for virus

Husband of Ontario's fifth COVID-19 patient also tests positive for virus

The U.S. confirmed one case of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, in California Thursday that could not be linked to worldwide travel, suggesting the person contracted the virus within the United States.

On Wednesday, public health officials said a Toronto woman in her 60s who returned from Iran on February 15 tested positive for the novel coronavirus, prompting public health officials to put her husband and her son into home self-isolation and embark on a mission to reach out to anyone she had come into contact with over a nine-day span. The patient is the husband of a woman believed to have contracted the virus in Iran, which has seen a sudden rash of cases in the last week.

Ontario now has a sixth confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, and health officials say it is the first instance in the province of human-to-human transmission. She had returned to Canada from Iran nine days before going to hospital.

The man did not travel with his wife to Iran, officials confirmed to CTV News Toronto.

The man is now in self-isolation, Williams said.

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"The risk of being infected with COVID-19 continues to be very low for Canadians and for Ontarians in particular", said Williams.

Medical officers of health from Toronto and Ontario are expected to update the press about the infections at a news conference at Queen's Park this afternoon. The woman in her 20s remains in self-isolation at home.

British Columbia has also had a case of person-to-person transmission, also involving a man who had close contact with a woman who had recently been to Iran. - American health authorities said February 25, 2020 they ultimately expect the novel coronavirus to spread in the United States and are urging local governments, businesses, and schools to develop plans like canceling mass gatherings or switching to teleworking.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected about 81,000 people since it emerged in China. All four had recently return to Canada from China.

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