• The government of Canada is advising Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to some countries and regions because of COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • The Quebec health ministry is also monitoring the spread of the disease in some places.

The Government of Canada continues to update its list of countries with a travel health notice due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, as the number of cases continues to grow, both worldwide and within Canada. As of March 2, 2020, there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Quebec, as well as 17 cases that remain under investigation. In Ontario, the number of confirmed cases has climbed to 18 and in B.C. they're looking at eight confirmed cases.

Northern Italy and Iran, where community spread has become a serious issue, have been moved from Level 2 to Level 3 on the health notice page.

Travellers are advised to "avoid non-essential travel" to those countries with Level 3 alerts, a list which also includes China, where the viral outbreak began. 

No countries are yet marked at Level 4, which advises Canadians to "avoid all travel in order to protect the health of the Canadian public."

In Italy, "widespread transmission is being reported in multiple regions in the north of the country."

In Iran, there are indicators that suggest "widespread community transmission is occurring. Confirmed cases that are linked to Iran are being reported in other countries, including Canada, and more are expected."

The Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services is also monitoring countries where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 

Countries and regions under observation as of February 25 include China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, and Singapore.

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The Government of Canada classifies Japan and South Korea a Level 2 risk, recommending that "travellers practise special health precautions, such as receiving additional vaccinations."

Hong Kong and Singapore remain at risk Level 1.

"Notices at this level may remind travellers about routine vaccinations, highlight the importance of handwashing, or recommend protective measures," the government website explains.

The travel advisories page also notes that there are now 58 countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from 41 countries just five days ago

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