A woman in her 30s has become the sixth case of novel coronavirus in British Columbia and the ninth for Canada overall.
According to a joint statement issued by British Columbia's Ministry of Health, the woman is presumed positive based on local testing, while samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) for final confirmation.
The woman had recently returned from Iran, the statement said.
The patient is in isolation at home, the statement said, and her close contacts will be identified and contacted by public health officials.
“This brings the total number of cases in British Columbia to six. (They) will remain in self-isolation and under care by public-health teams. The first case has recovered, as indicated by the resolution of symptoms, followed by two successive negative test results 24 hours apart,” the statement said.
Cruise passengers test positive: The largest group of Canadians confirmed infected with the coronavirus are linked to the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.
Out of 256 Canadian passengers, 47 have been confirmed to have contracted the virus, the government said.
Even those who have tested negative face a long journey home. Canada's foreign minister said Wednesday that all Diamond Princess passengers will be put into quarantine in Ontario for 14 days on their arrival.