Ontario's 7th case of coronavirus reported in man who travelled to Iran

A seventh person in Ontario has tested positive for coronavirus, health officials said Friday.

Man in his 50s recently travelled to Iran

A public bus driver, right, and commuters wear masks to help guard against the coronavirus in downtown Tehran, Iran. The virus has killed 34 people and infected at least 338 more in the country. (Ebrahim Noroozi/The Associated Press)

A seventh person in Ontario has tested positive for coronavirus, the province's ministry of health said Friday.

The man in his 50s recently travelled to Iran and is now at home in self-isolation, the ministry said in a statement.

He first went to the emergency department at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital on Wednesday after arriving back to the city a day earlier.

He was treated using the "established infection prevention" plan and sent home the same day, the ministry said.

There are currently four active COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Three other people who had the illness have since been cleared.

Provincial health officials are scheduled to provide an update to the public on Monday afternoon.

This marks Canada's 14th confirmed instance of coronavirus, with the other seven in British Columbia, and Quebec announced its first presumptive positive case Thursday.

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Timeline of Ontario COVID-19 cases:

Jan. 25, 2020: A man in his 50s who arrived in Toronto from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the outbreak, becomes the first "presumptive" case of the new coronavirus in Canada. The man called 911 as soon as he got sick with relatively minor symptoms and was placed in isolation in Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital.

Jan. 26, 2020: The wife of the Toronto man who was Canada's first "presumptive" case of the new coronavirus becomes the second presumptive case. The woman is kept in home isolation.

Jan. 27, 2020: The National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg confirms that a man in quarantine in Sunnybrook Hospital is Canada's first documented case of the new coronavirus. Jan 28, 2020: Health authorities confirm Canada's second case of the novel coronavirus. The woman had recently travelled to Wuhan with her husband, who was the first case confirmed in Canada.

Jan. 31, 2020: Toronto man hospitalized with the novel coronavirus is well enough to go home. Sunnybrook Hospital says he'll continue to recover at home, where his wife is also in self-isolation.

Jan. 31, 2020: Ontario's third case of the new coronavirus is confirmed. The patient, a woman in her 20s, had travelled to the affected area in China. The London university student initially tested negative for the virus, but a subsequent test at the national lab in Winnipeg was positive. Health officials say her symptoms are Minor.

Feb. 12, 2020: Ontario health officials say the woman from London, Ont., no longer has the novel coronavirus in her system. It marks the first time a case of the illness has been resolved in Canada. Feb. 21, 2020: The last known case of coronavirus in Ontario is resolved.

Feb. 23, 2020: Officials in Toronto announce Ontario has a new case of coronavirus — the fourth to be diagnosed in the province. The woman arrived in Toronto from China several days earlier.

Feb. 26, 2020: Ontario officials announce a fifth diagnosis in the province: a woman in her 60s who recently travelled to Iran.

Feb. 28, 2020: Ontario reports a seventh confirmed case — a man in his 50s who had travelled to Iran. The man arrived in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and went to the emergency department of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre the next day.

With files from The Canadian Press


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