Provincial health officials announced Canada’s first “presumptive” confirmed case of the new coronavirus on Saturday with a male patient in Toronto.
“We’re pretty well 95 per cent sure” that the patient has the virus, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams during a press conference. Authorities will give a new update if the patient upgrades to a confirmed case of the virus.
Williams was flanked by provincial officials, including Health Minister Christine Elliott.
The 50-year-old patient had returned back on a plane from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus originated from before being admitted to hospital feeling “quite ill”, an official said.
The patient is being treated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and is in stable condition.
“Toronto Public Health is continuing to work closely with provincial and federal health colleagues to actively monitor the situation and respond as appropriate,” Mayor John Tory said in a separate statement.
The Canadian case is just the latest of several confirmations that have sprung up around the world over the last week.
The province has set up an information webpage that will have daily updates.