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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP
March 08, 2020 - 8:50 PM

The latest news on the novel coronavirus and the illness dubbed COVID-19 (all times Eastern):

11:45 p.m.

Local health officials are reporting another case of the new coronavirus in the Greater Toronto Area.

It's the fourth case confirmed in Ontario on Sunday alone.

Peel Public Health says a man in his 50s returned from travelling in Germany on March 7.

The agency says he was seen at Brampton Civic Hospital and has been released into self-isolation.

8:30 p.m.

Ontario is reporting two more cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total in the province to 31.

Chief medical officer Dr. David Williams says one of the patients is a woman in her 60s who returned from France on March 2.

He says the woman went to an east Toronto hospital five days later.

Williams says the other case is a man in his 60s who returned to Canada from Washington, D.C., on March 3.

The man also attended another Toronto hospital on March 7.

5 p.m.

Ottawa says it has chartered a plane to bring home Canadians stranded on the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada made the decision after the U.S. government asked for help.

The ship is carrying 3,500 people, including 237 Canadians, and it's expected to dock in Oakland, Calif., tomorrow.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence announced Friday that at least 21 people aboard the ship, including 19 crew members, have tested positive for the virus.

The chartered plane will bring passengers from San Francisco to Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Ontario.

From there, they'll be assessed and will undergo a 14-day quarantine.

2:50 p.m.

Alberta's top medical official said the province's first confirmed patient for the novel coronavirus was likely infected by a B.C. patient who has the virus.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the Alberta patient is a man in his 40s from the Edmonton area and recently travelled in the U.S with someone who is now one of B.C.'s confirmed cases.

Hinshaw said the B.C. man was a passenger on the Grand Princess cruise ship prior to their travels.

1:12 p.m.

Ontario's chief medical officer of health says there's a new case of the novel coronavirus, meaning that there are now 29 confirmed cases of the illness in the province.

Dr. David Williams said the latest patient is a woman in her 40s who recently returned to Toronto after a trip to Colorado.

He said the woman is currently at home in self-isolation and Toronto Public Health is tracing people that she was in contact with.

12:04 p.m.

Quebec's health department has announced another presumptive case of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of confirmed and presumptive cases in the province to four.

The new case was detected in the Monteregie region southeast of Montreal in a person who returned from a cruise.

Authorities say they're still working to track the patient's movements.

There are currently two confirmed cases in Quebec as well as two presumptive cases, which still need to be confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

11:27 a.m.

Alberta's top medical official announced two new presumptive cases of the novel coronavirus in the province.

The province is now dealing with three presumptive cases and one confirmed case of COVID-19.

Alberta's chief medical officer of health is set to provide more details about the new patients on Sunday afternoon.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2020
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