Ontario Confirms Second Presumptive Case of Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

Wife of First Case, Now Confirmed Positive, has been in Self-Isolation

News from the Ontario Government

Posted January 27th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ontario’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. David Williams

TORONTO, Ontario  — Today (this January 27th), Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health, confirmed  that the wife of the province’s first case of Wuhan novel coronavirus has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory. Since arriving in Toronto with her husband, this individual has been in self-isolation.

“We are working alongside Toronto Public Health, who has been in regular contact with the individual during their self-isolation period,” said Dr. Williams.

“Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low.”

Map of cases of the virus across Canada and the United States as of January 26th, 2020. As of this January 27th, add one more case to he map of Ontario

A Footnote from Doug Draper, Niagara At Large – NAL will continue posting news on any f significant developments releated to this extremely serious health issue.

I can only react to this issue from a layperson’s point of view. Bu given he fact that we now know that this deadly virus can be transmitted human to human, and that it can be carried by someone who may appear free of the virus before it manifests itself, I can’t help wondering why  governments in Canada and the United States are not  moving quickly to impose a ban on travel between our countries and China until such time that health experts are confident there is no risk of it spreading.

There are records of governments imposing travel bans or grounding air travel between countries when there have been terrorist attacks. Most famously, following the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside of the Washington, D.C., many if not all flights originally destined for airports in the U.S. were re-routed to Canada.

In the Niagara region alone, we happily welcome many people from China, as students at our college and university, and as tourists, so those parties who possibly have the most to lose from a ban on travel lasting an indefinite period of time may very well not welcome one.

However, no other interests should trump efforts to address any potential for this deadly virus to spread.

Perhaps, I am off in my views on this. What do you think? Share your views below.

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