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Timeline of the COVID-19 cases across Canada


Here is a timeline of COVID-19 cases in this country.

   Jan. 25: 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: 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: 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: 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 28: Health officials in British Columbia say a man in his 40s is presumed to have the new coronavirus and is doing well as he recovers at his Vancouver home. B.C.’s health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, says the man often works in China and voluntarily isolated himself upon returning to Canada.

   Jan. 28: The presumed case of the new strain of coronavirus in B.C. is confirmed by the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

   Jan. 31: 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: 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. 4: Health officials announce another presumptive confirmed case in B.C. Henry says the woman had family visiting from China’s Hubei province and she is in isolation at her home.

   Feb. 5: British Columbia’s second case of coronavirus is confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab.

   Feb. 6: Henry announces two new cases of COVID-19 in B.C., noting both people were in the same household as the woman diagnosed with the province’s second case.

Electron microscope image of the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML/The Associated Press)

   Feb. 12: 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. 14: Officials in B.C. announce the province’s fifth case of COVID-19. The woman in her 30s who lives in B.C.’s Interior recently returned from Hubei province.

   Feb. 19: Henry announces that the person diagnosed with B.C.’s first case of the new coronavirus has recovered. It’s the first time this has happened in the province.

   Feb. 20: A woman who recently returned from Iran is diagnosed with British Columbia’s sixth case of COVID-19. She’s the first person in the country diagnosed with the illness who did not recently visit China. Meanwhile, in Ontario, the man who had Canada’s first case of the virus is cleared after testing negative for the illness twice in 24 hours.

   Feb. 21: The last known case of coronavirus in Ontario is resolved.

   Feb. 23: 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. 24: Henry announces a seventh person in B.C. has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. The man in his 40s was in close contact with the woman who has the province’s sixth case of the illness.

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

   Feb. 27: Quebec public health officials report the province’s first presumptive case, a woman from the Montreal region who recently returned from Iran. Ontario officials also confirm a sixth case of COVID-19 in the province. They say the man in his 60s is the husband of Ontario’s fifth patient with the virus.

   Feb. 28: 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. It also reports its eighth case: a man in his 80s with a travel history to Egypt. Officials said he arrived in the city on Feb. 20 and went to the Scarborough Health Network’s General Hospital’s emergency department on Thursday.

   Feb. 29 Health officials in British Columbia say a woman in her 60s who travelled from Iran is the eighth case of COVID-19 in the province. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the woman has a relatively mild case and she is in self-isolation at home. Health officials in Ontario report another three cases — two women who had recently made separate trips to Iran, and the 69-year-old husband of one of those women, who had no recent travel history.

   March 1: Ontario officials diagnose four new cases — three in York Region and one in Toronto. All four patients had recently travelled abroad. One had travelled to Egypt with a man who was later diagnosed with the virus, while the rest had recently been in Iran.

Dr. Bruce Aylward says education about COVID-19 and measures to manage its spread provide a ‘window to reduce disease and save lives.’ 0:41

   March 2: Ontario health officials are reporting three new cases. One of the patients is a man in his 60s who returned from a flight in Iran, and the other two are women in their 60s and 70s who returned from Egypt. 

   March 3: Four more cases have been identified in British Columbia. These new cases involve three people who recently travelled to Iran — a man in his 60s, a man in his 50s, and an adult woman living in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. The fourth patient is a woman in her 30s who contracted the virus in the household of the eighth patient B.C. patient, a woman in her 60s who is visiting the Vancouver Coastal Health region from Iran. Ontario announces two more cases both linking back to travels from Egypt and Iran. 

   March 4: The provincial health officer for B.C. says a woman in her 80s is in critical condition after being diagnosed with a severe case of COVID-19. Dr. Bonnie Henry said the woman recently returned from a trip to India and Hong Kong, and officials are investigating where she might have been exposed to the coronavirus. 

B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, announces the province’s first apparent case of COVID-19 spread in the community. (Michael McArthur/CBC)

   March 5: Ontario health officials are confirming 3 more cases across the province. They also revealed another person has recovered from the virus. One of the affected individual is a man in his 60s residing in Mississauga. He returned to Canada from a trip on the Grand Princess Cruise Ship out of San Francisco on February 28 and was seen and assessed at Trillium Health Partners-Mississauga Hospital. Health officials also reported another case — a woman in her 50s who returned to Kitchener, Ont., from Italy, and a man who returned to Toronto from Iran.

B.C.’s Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is reporting eight more cases of COVID-19, including B.C.’s first apparent case of the coronavirus spread in the community.

Quebec health officials confirm the second case of COVID-19 in Montreal.

Alberta also reports its first presumptive case of the virus. 

   March 6: The third case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Quebec by an individual who recently travelled to France.

In Ontario, the Ministry of Health reports four more positive cases bringing the province’s total to 26. 



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