Officials announce new cases of novel coronavirus in Ontario for total of 26

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TORONTO — Provincial and regional public health officials say the number of cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario has risen to 26.

That’s a jump of four COVID-19 diagnoses since the last official update on Thursday morning.

Two of the cases are in Toronto, including a man who recently returned to the city from Las Vegas and someone who had recently travelled to Iran.

And in Peel Region, a couple who had been on a cruise in San Francisco was diagnosed after returning home to Mississauga, Ont.

Peel Public Health is asking passengers in rows 18-22 on West Jet flight 1199 on Feb. 28 to self-isolate.

But health officials are urging calm, saying the risk of the virus to the general population remains low.