7 coronavirus cases, Wuhan plane crew released

Ottawa: The Public Health Agency yesterday said as of February 8, seven cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been confirmed in Canada.

Three cases have been confirmed in Ontario and 4 in British Columbia.

Meanwhile, 25 members of the plane crew who brought 213 Canadians from Wuhan, have been released from the 14-day obligatory quarantine.

“I have authorized the release of 25 flight crew members who accompanied the returning travellers on the flight from Wuhan to Vancouver to CFB Trenton, said a statement from the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO).

“In my assessment, I took into account the fact that they did not spend time in the epicentre of the outbreak, that they followed appropriate infection prevention and control protocols (including the use of personal protective equipment), and that they did not have unprotected contact with passengers or persons at risk of having the novel coronavirus. As a result of this assessment, I have determined that their continued quarantine is not required,” the statement said.

“I have…determined that they do not pose a risk of significant harm to public health,” it added.

On February 7, Canada repatriated Canadians and their families from Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (referred to as 2019-nCoV).

Repatriated Canadians and their family members are at Canadian Forces Base Trenton for 14 days for further health assessment and observation. This action is being taken to reduce the risk of spread of 2019‑nCoV, based on our knowledge of the incubation period for the virus.

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