BC coronavirus cases spike to 21

BC coronavirus cases spike to 21

BC coronavirus cases spike to 21

Tests performed by the province's public health lab came back positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but the result needs to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

She said travellers returning to B.C. from worldwide trips can expect extra screening by Canadian Border Services officials who will be asking about their health.

The last seven cases have now had connections to travel from Iran, a country that has become a significant hub of the COVID-19 virus.

Duncan is a medical geographer who studied and lectured on pandemics before she was elected to parliament, and wrote a book on her studies of the 1918 Spanish flu. "So the fact that we're seeing a reported community case is indicative that there may be more out here".

Meanwhile, the outbreak in Washington state continues to worsen, with almost 70 presumptive or confirmed cases and 11 deaths, most of which have been linked to one seniors' care home in King County.

"While markets continue to function well, the bank will continue to ensure that the Canadian financial system has sufficient liquidity", he said in a speech to a Toronto audience Thursday. This is the time for kindness.

The COVID-19 cabinet committee will complement the work being done by the government's incident response group.

There are now 21 cases of COVID-19 in B.C., with 13 of those cases linked to travel to Iran. "Cleaning your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you cough, not touching your face and your eyes, and really importantly right now, having a very low threshold", Henry said.

Here's a look at what exactly the new case means.

Two other cases involve people who recently returned from Iran, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s who live in the same household.

Henry said the man is at home in isolation, noting health officials are monitoring his condition.

Other travelers returning to or visiting B.C. from outside Canada are asked to monitor themselves and their children closely for symptoms.

"There's likely at least one other person out there who has this disease or had this disease, and we need to find them", she told a news conference.

She said border measures work better when they focus on educating travellers about the symptoms, and what they should do if they get sick.

The second student in isolation is a roommate of the first, it said.

Leis said curbing community spread limits the number of infections and reduces the proportion of patients who fall critically ill.

Henry said this particular case was the most concerning, as it suggests additional cases in the community that have not been detected.

"I believe that we are on the right track and I want to give British Columbians every confidence that the people here are at your disposal to give you information as it comes forward", he added.

The traditional public-health approach relies on finding cases by interviewing someone who is infected and tracing those they've been in close contact with.

Henry says the province is actively testing those at risk and more than 1,000 tests have been done.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.

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