"The Province of Ontario informed the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) earlier this afternoon that they have a presumptive confirmed travel-related case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)".
Officials said the man was 50 years old and had recently flown from Wuhan, China to Guangzhou, China, and then to Toronto on January 23.
"Any other passengers should remain calm", Tam said. Paramedics and hospital staff took all necessary precautions.
At a news conference in Ottawa, Dr. Theresa Tam stressed that the risk of contracting a novel form of coronavirus remains low despite the fact that the country has now documented its first case. Government health officials say Canada is better prepared this time. "For me, that is a sign that the information at the border did actually percolate through to the patient and his family", Hajdu said.
The man is being kept in a negative pressure room at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto pending the results of laboratory tests, which are expected to be completed by Monday. "The risk remains low and people should continue their lives". ". It is not affecting the care we provide for all of our other patients".
"We are continuing our investigative work and expect that we will have further updates", she said. "It's really family members travelling with the patient who are at the highest risk". Passengers who were seated within a two-metre radius of the patient will be contacted, Dr. Tam said.
Hundreds of cases of the flu-like illness have been confirmed in China since the outbreak began last month.
Several countries, including the United States, have indicated plans to evacuate diplomats and visitors from Wuhan where the virus is most rampant.
Hadju said that, unlike the Americans, Canada is not now looking at flying Canadian diplomats, their families or Canadians living in Wuhan back to Canada. But Hajdu said the Canadian government is not at the moment planning a similar airlift for Canadians citizens who might be there.
"Canadian consular officials are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with local authorities and our worldwide partners to gather more information and provide support to the extent possible", he said. The vast majority of illnesses and deaths are in China, but the virus has also spread around the world, with eight cases in Thailand, three cases in the US and three in France.
While 56 people have died of the virus in China - most of the deaths have been older patients - the World Health Organization has not declared the outbreak an global public health emergency.
Coronaviruses cause diseases ranging from the common cold to SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome.
SARS and MERS came from animals, and this newest virus may have as well.