Coronavirus: Canada confirms first case, as death toll rises to 54

Coronavirus: Canada confirms first case, as death toll rises to 54

The first case of the Wuhan Coronavirus in Canada has been announced, with one person confirmed to be the a presumptive carrier of the virus following testing in Toronto.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto said it is “caring for a patient who has a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.”

Dr David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said they are 95 per cent sure it is the virus after lab testing was done in Ontario. Officials said the man is his 50s and recently flew from Wuhan, China to Guangzhou, China and then on to Toronto on 23 January

It comes as China raises the death toll of the disease to 55, after authorities in the hard-hit Hubei province reported 13 more fatalities while Hunan announced one death – alongside 323 new cases that were reported across the country. This brings the total number of cases globally to over 1,600.

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