Nine new cases of coronavirus in B.C. were announced on Saturday by provincial authorities, including a presumptive case in the Interior Health region.

The province’s top health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said the Interior Health case was related to international travel, “to a number of places in Europe, most recently from Portugal.”

During the daily press gathering, Henry later said people need to make their own assessment, and that travellers who come back to B.C. are being asked to self-isolate for two weeks.

Later in the day, the Ministry of Health issued a press release attributed to Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix.

“From the outset, we have been proactive in our efforts. Our approach has been to get ahead of increasing risks and do all we can to break the chains of transmission, and we will continue to do so,” said the press release.

“We are adapting our testing strategy to respond to the situation here in B.C. to ensure all who get sick can get the testing they need.

“We would like to be clear that testing is available for all who need it, but not everyone requires a test. If you have no symptoms, mild symptoms, or are a returning traveller and isolating at home, you do not require a test.”


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