4 more presumptive cases of coronavirus identified in New Brunswick

There are four more presumptive cases of coronavirus in New Brunswick, according to the province’s chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Jennifer Russell says all of the presumptive cases are connected to the province’s first case, a woman between the ages of 50 and 60 who recently returned from France. That case was announced on Wednesday and confirmed the next day.

A second presumptive case of coronavirus was identified in New Brunswick on Saturday. Both patients are said in self-isolation and all their close contacts have been traced and informed.

Russell says of the four new presumptive cases, two are men between the ages of 20 and 30, while the two others are a man and woman between the ages of 50 and 60.

There are now five presumptive cases in New Brunswick and one confirmed.

More to come.

Concerned about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk for Canadians is low.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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–With files from Graeme Benjamin 

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