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Canada announces 2 China virus cases, a husband and wife

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 9:20 AM
Indonesian migrant workers wear face masks as they play the traditional music instrument "angklung" in Hong Kong, Monday, January 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

BEIJING (AP) — Public health officials in Canada said Monday that the wife of the man who is Canada’s first case of the emerging virus from China has also tested positive for the virus.

Ontario said the woman has been in self-imposed isolation since arriving in Toronto with her husband last week.

Ontario Chief Medical Officer of health David Williams said the woman tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory.

He said because she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Canadians remains low.

But Canadian officials have been reaching out to those aboard the China Southern Airlines flight who sat within 6 1/2 feet of the man.

Public health officials said the woman’s husband, a man in his 50s, had been showing mild symptoms on his flight from Guangzhou, China, to Toronto. His first flight started in Wuhan.

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