Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update
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As of February 16, 2020, 8 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Canada.
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Thousands of cases of COVID-19 have been reported in China.
Aside from Canada, other countries reporting cases are:
- Hong Kong
- Sri Lanka
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Risk to Canadians
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.
Overall, the risk to Canadian travellers abroad is low.
The risk to Canadian travellers to China is assessed as high. The Government of Canada recommends avoiding:
- all non-essential travel to China
- all travel to Hubei Province, China, including Wuhan city
Travellers coming from Hubei province to Canada continue to be at an increased risk for COVID-19. If you have travelled to Hubei province in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that you left Hubei. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact the local public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. This will reduce your risk of spreading infection to others.
The research and data on COVID-19 continues to grow and evolve. We will continue to adapt our advice for travellers based on the latest science available.
How Canada is monitoring COVID-19
The health and safety of all Canadians (both those that are travelling from the affected area of China and those in Canada) is our top priority.
PHAC is working with provinces, territories and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak in China and the prevention of further spread.
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is in close contact with provincial and territorial Chief Medical Officers of Health to ensure that any cases of COVID-19 occurring in Canada continue to be rapidly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians.
Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory has implemented testing to diagnose COVID-19 from clinical specimens. The laboratory is working collaboratively with Canadian provincial public health laboratories to ensure there is additional testing capacity in multiple jurisdictions.
As of February 16, 2020, the National Microbiology Laboratory has confirmed 350 negative cases and 8 positive cases of COVID-19.
For more information, visit Canada's response page.
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus. On January 7, 2020, China confirmed COVID-19.
See the travel health notice for more information if you are considering travelling to China.
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- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently asked questions (FAQ) [2020-02-08]
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