Behind the scenes, health officials are scrambling to prepare for coronavirus outbreak. Here’s how
2020-02-14 from thestar.com
Global case counts of the novel coronavirus continue to strain upwards, with China’s number surging after a shift in how patients are diagnosed, new cases in the U.S. and U.K., and dozens more aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship, including 12 Canadians.
In Ontario, the case count has actually dropped: a patient in London was confirmed free of the virus on Wednesday. Two other patients continue to recover at home in Toronto. Health officials say the risk to the public here continues to be low.
But behind the scenes, the city, the province, and the country are ramping up efforts to prepare for and contain the outbreak. The SARS crisis 17 years ago taught all three that a manageable infectious disease outbreak can quickly become catastrophic without preparation, communication and vigilance.
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