• A passenger who had a layover at the Montreal Trudeau Airport on February 14 has now been confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Public health officials are now looking for the approximate 40 others who may have been with the patient on the flight from Iran.
  • Get more information below.

Over the weekend that just passed, a passenger who had a layover in the Montreal Trudeau Airport on February 14, waiting to board a flight to Vancouver, was confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19. Since then, many have been waiting for news of the situation in Quebec. And, public health authorities have announced that they are looking for about 40 people who may have been with the patient on the flight from Iran.

These details were revealed to the public at a press briefing held by Dr. Horacio Arruda, National Director of Quebec Public Health.

An epidemiological investigation of the woman infected with the virus was conducted. It's thanks to her that the authorities were able to conduct an analysis of her close contacts during her various flight segments.

As a result of this analysis, passengers who may have been exposed to the virus — which is transmitted by droplets, reminded Mr. Arruda — were identified.

During the press briefing, Dr. Horacio Arruda indicated that Quebec's Public Health agency is "contacting the people who were close to the patient on the plane."

And that they will be suggested voluntary isolation in addition to being tested to ensure that they are not infected with COVID-19.

Dr. Arruda also took the opportunity to ensure that the situation remains the same in Quebec, where no cases of infection have been identified.

According to Arruda, "the risk is not higher for Quebec at this time."

The precautions thus remain the same. You must cough into your elbow or into a tissue, ensure to throw said tissues away and, of course, wash your hands frequently.

In total, in Canada, only eleven cases have been confirmed to date. These are in Ontario and British Columbia.

Elsewhere in the world, the situation is quite different. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) even advised people to prepare for a possible pandemic at a press conference held early Monday, February 24.

The epidemiological situation is, therefore, to be closely monitored, as there is currently "a significant increase in cases outside China," Horacio Arruda also indicated.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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