Sixth person in B.C. diagnosed with COVID-19 after trip to Iran

6th coronavirus case in B.C.

A sixth case of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has been discovered in B.C, this time stemming from a recent trip to Iran.

On Thursday evening, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the recent discovery of the case, this time of a woman in her 30s who lives in the Fraser Health region.

While the other cases in B.C. have come from people who have recently returned from China, this woman had returned this week from spending several weeks in Iran, before coming down with symptoms.

Dr. Henry says the woman appears to have a “milder” case of COVID-19, and she's currently in isolation at her home. Other family members she had contact with are being monitored, and are also in isolation.

Dr. Henry says it's “a bit unusual” that the woman appears to have contracted the virus in Iran, but that the country has recently reported cases there, with two deaths as a result.

“That could be an indicator that there is more widespread transmission,” she said, adding that further investigation is required.

Last week, Dr. Henry announced a case of the virus appearing in the province's Interior

The man who came down with the first reported case of COVID-19 in B.C. is considered recovered, after two negative tests.

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