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Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the latest COVID-19 patient is a man in his 50s who returned from a trip to Iran last week. "This person hadn't recently travelled so that is something we're paying attention to".

Henry said four of the new cases in B.C. are people with close household contacts of previously announced cases.

But globally, the number of countries detecting new cases increases by the day, and the virus is circulating in several of those countries, including the United States.

Henry said there are heightened concerns about the possible community transmission from the USA, especially amid another case involving a woman from Seattle who was visiting family in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.

Three more cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in British Columbia, bringing the total number of people infected to 12 in the province.

Health officials in Ontario, British Columbia and across Canada have said the risk posed by COVID-19 in this country remains low.

"There's likely at least one other person out there who has this disease or had this disease, and we need to find them", she told a news conference.

Authorities are now tracing the woman's activities to try to determine where she may have been exposed to the virus. "They took the opportunity to be extra cautious and I understand they're doing some cleaning over the weekend just to allay everybody's fears".

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The nine cases include four tied to a suburban Seattle care facility that has reported multiple virus cases and deaths. In Oregon, the state Health Authority said Sunday that a second person in the state tested positive for the virus.

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Conservative health critic Matt Jeneroux said the government should consider steps to contain the virus, such as more vigorous screening processes for people entering Canada, mandatory quarantines for those arriving from high-risk countries and suspension of incoming and outgoing flights from high-risk areas. The tenth case involves a man in his 60s from the Vancouver Coastal Health district; the eleventh, an adult woman also from the Vancouver Coastal Health district who had recently travelled to Iran; and a woman in her 30s who tested positive for the virus after coming into close contact with the eighth case.

The government is mulling potential financial help to ease the burden of the novel coronavirus on businesses and individuals after its first cabinet committee meeting on the subject, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said on March 4, 2020.

"She was not ill during travel".

Henry said the man is at home in isolation and health officials are monitoring his condition.

By the end of next week, B.C. will have four additional labs to carry out coronavirus testing, said Horgan.

An ambulance transports a patient from the Life Care Center of Kirkland, the long-term care facility linked to confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington state.

Australia has banned travellers from South Korea who aren't Australian citizens or permanent residents, following similar bans for China and Iran.