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On December 31, 2019 an outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected in Wuhan, China. As the situation continues to evolve, Health Authorities at international, national and local levels continue to monitor, gather information, assess risk and respond.

Current Risk Status

Updated: March 3, 2020

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the risk associated with COVID-19 in Canada at this time is low. For Canadians traveling abroad the risk associated with COVID-19 is also low, however, it will vary depending on destination. For current and country specific travel advice please see the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories website.

Advice for travelers and contacts of COVID-19 cases

Self-isolation is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after departing the area, or since their last known contact or exposure.

  • travelers returning from the province of Hubei
  • travelers returning from Iran
  • contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • laboratory workers exposed during work

Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19 is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after return to Canada, or since their last known contact or exposure.

  • All returning international travelers,
  • Close contacts (within 2 meters/6 feet) of individuals with flu-like symptoms who have traveled internationally within 14 days prior to becoming sick

Travelers who develop cold or flu-like symptoms within 14 days of returning to Canada should contact Health Links-Info Santé to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered. In cases where testing is not recommended, they should self-isolate until they are well.

Information on self-monitoring, self-isolation, and what to do while waiting for COVID-19 test results can be found at:

Returning travelers from any of the countries experiencing community transmission of COVID-19 (listed below) who are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms within 14 days of returning to Canada, should be tested for COVID-19. Call Health Links-Info Santé for more information.

Canadian Situation

As of March 23, 2020, 30 cases of COVID-19 have been reported. Cases have been reported in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. All cases in Canada have had a history of travel or close contact with a known case. For the most current numbers see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19: Outbreak update website.

Countries experiencing local transmission* of COVID-19 (source: WHO)::

Western Pacific Region

  • Australia
  • China
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Vietnam

South-East Asia Region

  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
European Region

  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
Africa Region

  • Algeria

Eastern Mediterranean Region

  • Iran
  • Lebanon
  • United Arab Emirates

Region of the Americas

  • Ecuador
  • the United States
  • Local transmission indicates that the source of transmission is within the reporting country. Note, that the degree of local transmission varies both between and within countries. For instance, in the United States, local transmission has been limited to the west coast states of California, Oregon and Washington.

For a complete list of countries reporting COVID-19 cases see the most current WHO Coronavirus Disease situation report or click on the Johns Hopkins map below for detailed case numbers.

Current case number data can be found on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Case map dashboard.

(click on map image below for most current case numbers)

click on map image for most current case numbers

Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living – Total Number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Completed Lab Tests and Results:

Date (as of)

Number of People with Completed Tests

Number of People Confirmed Positive

February 26, 2020




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