Ontario confirms new case of coronavirus in Toronto

Ontario confirms new case of coronavirus in Toronto

Ontario has confirmed another case of the novel coronavirus in Toronto late Friday evening, bringing the province’s total to eight individuals, three of which have already been resolved.

In a statement, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health Dr. David Williams, said the individual in question is a man in his 80s with a travel history to Egypt. He arrived in the city on Feb. 20, and presented himself to the Scarborough Health Network’s General Hospital.

“As per established infection prevention and control protocols, the patient was cared for at the hospital using all appropriate precautions, including being isolated as he was tested for COVID-19,” the statement read.

“The man was discharged home the same day feeling well and, per protocols, went into self-isolation where he remains.”

The statement confirmed that the man wore a mask throughout his travels, and that public health officials are “actively engaged in contact tracing and case management.”

As of Feb. 28, there are 15 other confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Canada — seven in British Columbia, seven in Ontario, and one in Quebec.

More than 2,800 people have died of the coronavirus, the vast majority in China.

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Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas

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