Number of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan rises to 26, 8 confirmed

WATCH: Saskatchewan government COVID-19 update.

The number of presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan is now 26. Six new presumptive cases were announced on Friday.

Officials said there is eight cases confirmed and 18 presumptive cases.

Twenty-four of the 26 infected are self-isolating at home, two are in hospital – both admitted for medical reason not related to respiratory illness.

The new presumptive cases include a person in their 20s, who was tested in Regina after travelling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Another person in their 20s was tested in Regina after a trip to the United States.

A person in their 50s was tested in Regina following a trip to Jordan. Two people in their 60s were tested in Prince Albert after travelling to Arizona. Another person in their 60s was tested in Regina.

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The Saskatchewan government declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

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On Friday, measures were put in place include prohibiting public gatherings of more than 25 people.

It was previously announced that all public schools in the province will close indefinitely on March 20.

Shahab reiterated the importance of everyone returning to Saskatchewan from international travel to self-isolated for 14 days.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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-With files from David Giles. 

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