At least 26 people have died in China and the city at the centre of the outbreak, Wuhan, is under quarantine as health officials scramble to understand the mysterious disease and keep it from spreading, Postmedia Network reports.
Officials said the Toronto man is in stable condition, and that those confirmed to have come into contact with him after his return on January 22 are in self-isolation. Some coronaviruses spread between animals, some pass between animals and people, and others go from people to people.
On Friday, Dr. Peter Donnelly of Public Health Ontario said it was likely a "matter of where and when" the first case showed up in the province.
China's National Health Commission reported on Saturday that the death toll from the new coronavirus had increased to 41, with the number of infected people reaching 1,287.
De Villa promised quick updates if the virus reaches the city.
Stewart said the coronavirus is a respiratory virus that has symptoms ranging from a mild cold to pneumonia, which can be fatal.
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"It was a disease unknown to science just two weeks ago and we now have the full genetic fingerprint of the virus and we have a test, which is specific and reliable", said Donnelly.
Health officials were notified of the lab results on Saturday afternoon. In addition, everyone is being urged to practice good hygiene that helps prevent the transmission of all viruses - washing hands thoroughly, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you're sick.
The head of Quebec's public health authority said Wednesday five people in that province were under surveillance for possible exposure.
"We are not complacent, we're working extremely hard on this but we are quietly confident that we can handle this", Donnelly said. Health officials have pointed to the fact that the common cold comes from the same family as the latest coronavirus and that the influenza virus kills thousands of Canadians every year.
Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott says while there have been no confirmed cases in Canada and the risks posed to Ontarians remain low, "it's not unlikely that we will receive cases".