The City of Toronto says medical officer of health Dr. Eileen de Villa will hold a media availability to provide information on the coronavirus and how the city is preparing for its possible spread on Friday morning.

De Villa will talk about the city’s work behind the scenes to prepare for the possible spread of the virus and respond in the event that a local case is confirmed, the city said.

“Currently, there are no laboratory-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Toronto, and the overall health risk to residents remains low,” according to the city.

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A background on the coronavirus and its symptoms

A background on the coronavirus and its symptoms

Coronavirus, part of a family of germs that can cause respiratory illness in humans, is so named because the viruses look like crowns under a microscope. Sometimes, the effects of coronavirus infection are very mild, but in some people, they can be lethal. The virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 was also a coronavirus.

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Twenty-six people have died so far from the recent coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China.

A press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. at City Hall.

More to come.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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