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Coronavirus Spreading

Coronavirus Spreading

Women Tested Positive on Air Canada Flight

THUNDER bAY, ONTARIO  February 23, 2020  (LSN)  An Air Canada passenger travelling from Montreal to Vancouver on Valentine's Day has tested positive for coronavirus.

The airline confirmed that it was advised Saturday by the BC Centre for Disease Control that a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.

"Air Canada is working with public health authorities and has taken all recommended measures," Air Canada media relations spokesperson Pascale Dery wrote in an email.

Three Dead in Northern Italy The alarmingly fast spread of the coronavirus in Italy, the biggest outbreak beyond Asia, is shutting down the wealthy northern parts of the country, where more than 50,000 people in a dozen towns are in lockdown. the Globe and Mail is reporting. Italian authorities announced they were shutting down carnival events in Venice as at least 133 people have been reported to have been infected with COVID-19 in the country. Nearly all of Italy's cases are clustered in the north, including in the northeast Veneto region, which includes Venice. “The window of opportunity is still there, but the window of opportunity is narrowing,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Friday. “We need to act quickly before it closes completely.”

The Washington Post is reporting New developments suggest coronavirus incubation could be longer than 14 days, as global infections rise

The potential for a longer incubation period was linked to a patient in China’s Hubei Province, where the virus was first detected in December. A 70-year-old man was infected with coronavirus, but did not show symptoms until 27 days later, the local government reported. Statement from the Chief

Public Health Officer on the release of repatriated Canadians from quarantine following 14-day stay at CFB Trenton February 21, 2020 - Ottawa, ON

- Public Health Agency of Canada OTTAWA - On February 7, 2020, the Government of Canada repatriated individuals and their families from Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Out of an abundance of caution, and to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within Canada, these Canadians were transported to Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton for a 14-day quarantine.

This action was taken in the interest of the health and safety of all Canadians — both those we brought home from China and those in Canada. I would like to thank the repatriated Canadians and their family members for their patience, cooperation and contribution to public health.

Today, I can confirm that the 180 Canadians from the first Government of Canada-chartered flight from Wuhan, as well as the 39 Canadians who returned to Canada on a separate flight chartered by the United States, have been released from quarantine.

The Government of Canada has worked with provincial and territorial partners, as well as local public health authorities and non-governmental organizations, to ensure that social services are in place to support these Canadians and their family members after they leave CFB Trenton. The Government of Canada is also helping to facilitate their return home by providing transportation to Toronto before they continue onward to their final destination. To respect the privacy of the individuals leaving quarantine, we will not be releasing further details of their travel plans.

I want to assure Canadians that the risk of spread of the novel coronavirus within Canada remains low, including in those communities where repatriated Canadians will return following quarantine at CFB Trenton. All of the quarantined individuals being released today remained asymptomatic for the novel coronavirus throughout the 14-day quarantine period and, as a result, pose no risk to others and can return to their usual activities.

I urge everyone to treat these repatriated Canadians with respect and compassion. Before they were able to return home, they dealt with an uncertain and stressful period living within the epicentre of this outbreak. For the Canadians who arrived on February 11 aboard the second Government of Canada-chartered flight and remain at CFB Trenton, the quarantine is anticipated to end on February 25, 2020.

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