Toronto seems to be becoming the hub of Coronavirus or COVID 19 as reports of new cases are surfacing every day. Currently, there are 22 Confirmed positive cases in Ontario and 72 cases under active investigation as per Health Canada Stats. The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020. As per the latest news, a Canadian patient newly diagnosed with COVID-19 recently travelled to Las Vegas and used public transit in Toronto for several days before he was tested for the virus, according to the Toronto public health authority. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said the man used public transit while he was experiencing symptoms from March 2 to 4 before going to the hospital. Metrolinx said it will be removing the affected buses for a “thorough cleaning as a precaution.” The symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. 

Coronavirus is a contagious and deadly disease that has infected over 1,00,000 people globally. At Johns Hopkins University in the US, researchers are maintaining an interactive web-based dashboard to track the outbreak in real time. Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. 

There is no vaccine available at this time to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Medical teams and Scientists around the world are working 24/7 to find a cure to this deadly virus. The Government of Canada on Friday increased its funding into Covid-19 research from CAD $7million to CAD $27million.

Helpline Peel Region: For more information about COVID-19, Mississauga and Brampton residents can call 905-799-7700, and Caledon residents can call 905-584-2216. You can also visit the Peel Public Health website, talk to your doctor or call TeleHealth at 1-866-797-0000.