Jan 24, 2020

By Jane Brown

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Toronto’s coronavirus preparedness plan is set to be unveiled on Friday.

It was decided Thursday by a World Health Organization expert committee that the coronavirus outbreak in China is not yet a global emergency.

But public health experts around the world, including here in Toronto, are preparing for the possibility of the potentially deadly virus arriving here.

At 9am Friday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa plans to provide information on the new virus and will discuss the city of Toronto’s work behind the scenes to prepare and respond in the event a local case is confirmed.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Canada and the overall health risk to residents remains low.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Allison McGeer was on the front lines during the SARS outbreak in Toronto. She told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, early in this new outbreak, the virus appears to be less deadly than SARS. Listen to Libby’s full conversation with Dr. McGeer by clicking here.

In China, there are now 830 confirmed cases and 26 deaths.

Ten cities in central China have been locked down and festivities around Lunar New Year have been cancelled.

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