Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam has raised concerns over a woman who tested positive for coronavirus after recently returning from Iran.
"Any important cases linked to Iran could be an indicator that there is more widespread transmission than we know about," Tam said.
On Friday, the Middle Eastern country confirmed a total of 18 patients with coronavirus and four deaths.
The Canadian woman, in her 30, is the sixth case of novel coronavirus in British Columbia and the ninth for Canada overall.
“So this leads to the need for further investigation for the officials on the ground," in British Columbia, she said.
Iran outbreak: The novel coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, including the capital Tehran, according to the Iranian health ministry.
“The spread of the coronavirus started in Qom and has reached other cities in the country like Tehran, Babol, Arak, Isfahan, Rasht and other cities due to people traveling. »