COVID-19: Canadian cases surpassed 40

Second case of coronavirus confirmed in BC.

The number of Canadian cases of the novel coronavirus has now surpassed 40.

Yesterday, health authorities in BC announced eight new cases of COVID-19 in the province, Ontario confirmed three new cases, and Quebec identified a new case, its second.

Later in the day, Quebec officials announced another presumptive case involving a woman who returned from travelling in France.

In Alberta, officials announced the province's first presumptive case of the novel coronavirus, with the government saying health measures are being put in place to contain the virus and protect Albertans.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his decision not to close Canada's borders to foreign nationals coming from countries where the outbreak is spreading.

Several countries have banned travellers from those countries, but Trudeau says Canada is taking its lead from the World Health Organization, which has advised against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries dealing with COVID-19 cases.