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First COVID-19 case in Canada now cleared of the virus: health officials

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The first person in Canada to test positive for the novel coronavirus has now been completely cleared of the virus.

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Ontario health officials say the man in his 50s has now had two negative tests 24 hours apart, which is the standard for being cleared.

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Associate chief medical officer of health Dr. Barbara Yaffe says the man is no longer infectious to others and has recovered.

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The man returned to Toronto in January from the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, and had to be hospitalized.

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His wife, who had travelled with him, also fell ill, but had less severe symptoms and is still in self-isolation at home.

Yaffe says the woman is doing well and is expected to be cleared soon.

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