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Ottawa, Jan 23 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Preventive measures and other preparations of treating new coronavirus are underway -- as passengers arriving here may not show any symptoms for days -- irrespective of whether or not World Health Organization (WHO) declares on Thursday the outbreak of coronavirus a global health emergency, media reports said.
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With more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus, China remains the epicentre. Thailand, the United States, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan also have confirmed cases of the virus.
Hospitals in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia have also announced preparations for cases and Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory as well as provincial government labs in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta have a battery of tests to detect respiratory pathogens, including one for the new coronavirus
Under the direction of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the lead agency for dealing with the coronavirus, through the Quarantine Act, travellers would be asked by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials if they had been in Wuhan, China, in the past 14 days.