Number of coronavirus cases in Ontario remains at three, patients are still in self-isolation

259 people in Ontario have been tested for the virus

A total of 259 people have been tested in Ontario for the coronavirus and the number of confirmed cases remains at three, while eight Ontarians are under investigation for possible infection.

During an update this morning, provincial health officials said another 81 people have been tested since last week and all results were negative.

The samples have been sent to a federal lab for double confirmation.

A couple in their 50s in Toronto and a London university student in her 20s are the province’s only coronavirus patients and they remain in self-isolation at home.

For the isolation to end, health authorities say the patients require two negative tests in a period of 24 hours.

British Columbia is the only other province to report cases of coronavirus, with four.

There has been a change in the way travellers from China are being screened.

Anyone with a history of travel to Hubei province, which is ground zero for the illness, will be asked to self-isolate at home and report any symptoms they experience with their local health unit.

All travellers who arrive from China are being asked to monitor for symptoms of the virus and contact a health unit if they become sick.