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Popular Richmond BBQ spot speaks out about coronavirus rumours after man collapses outside restaurant – Vancouver Is Awesome

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As the number of reported cases of novel coronavirus continue to climb across the globe, even the slightest incident can spark rumours that run rampant on social media.

On Monday, a man was seen falling to the ground while waiting in line outside Richmond’s HK BBQ Master around noon.

The scene was caught on video and then shared on WeChat and Vanpeople, one of Vancouver’s largest Chinese language online forums.

Someone online suggested that the man might have novel coronavirus, and the rumour quickly spread.  

HK BBQ Master was quick to state on its Facebook page that the man experienced a seizure due to a condition unrelated to any virus.

“What really happened was a man had withdrawals from substance abuse. He came with a group of friends to enjoy lunch and patiently lined up outside the store. Within three minutes of appearing at our store, that was when the withdrawal happened and caused him to experience seizures,” reads the posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page. 

According to HK BBQ Master, one of the man’s friends was able to provide immediate medical care, and an ambulance arrived shortly to assist. The man is, reportedly, in stable condition now.

HK BBQ Master warned the public of the risk of spreading rumours and false information. 

“Always be vigilant and aware when reading news on social media, and in general. Most try to raise readership with scandals, most report hastily without understanding details, (and) some post for likes and attention. The dangers of unknowingly reporting false information can cause harm to small family businesses like ours.”

The incident was also caught on the restaurant’s CCTV camera, and that footage has been shared on the restaurant’s Facebook page. 

Reverend Berechiah Lee, a friend of the man who collapsed, said his friend had a sudden epileptic seizure while waiting outside the restaurant, but his condition improved after being taken to the hospital. 

“This accident is unrelated to HK BBQ Master,” Lee added.

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A group of Tri-City residents are among the 250 Canadians aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has spent two weeks under quarantine in Japan following the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Margaret Tong, an 85-year-old Coquitlam resident, is one of the travellers who will be returning to Canada Friday on a government-chartered flight but her trip is still far from over. The plane is expected to land in Cornwall, Ont., where passengers will be taken to a hotel and kept in isolation for another 14 days.

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“Thanks for your prayers and good wishes,” Tong said in a WhatsApp message to her son, Brian Tong, Wednesday night. “Passed the Canadian medical screening. Packing to disembark tonight at 9 p.m. Will contact you upon arrival at Cornwall Ontario.”

In an interview with The Tri-City News, Brian Tong said his mom left Vancouver Jan. 18 and was supposed to be home within two weeks. He said information was limited but thankfully his mother had the internet and was able to communicate with him throughout the ordeal.

“The [Japanese] government was very slow in decision making on what to do,” he said, noting his mother was traveling with a group of people from the area, “so it was many days of uncertainty while the head count of the infected kept rising.”

The good news is that Margaret Tong has been tested and does not appear to have been affected by the virus, her son said. Thermometers were handed out on the ship and anyone who registered a temperature of 37.5 C or higher was asked to go to the medical centre, he said.

“She was always below 36.5,” he said.

Despite the upheaval, Brian Tong added that he “wasn’t too worried” about his mother, who is active, works out regularly at Coquitlam’s City Centre Aquatic Complex and has a strong immune system.

“Of the people affected, there have been very few fatalities,” Brian Tong told The Tri-City News, adding, “My mother goes to the gym six times a week.”

His bigger concern is getting his mom her medication, which she was running short of during the quarantine period.

“I told her that the Japanese government is responsible for them and they have to top up whoever needs medication,” he said. “They were able to do that.”

The chartered Canadian flight was expected to take off from Japan at 3:30 a.m local time and land at CFB Trenton at around 1:30 a.m. EST Friday.

There, further screening will be conducted and another two-week quarantine will be imposed. But federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said there is a chance those who test negative for the virus and show no signs of symptoms may be released from quarantine early under the discretion of Canada’s top public-health doctor.

Forty-seven of the 250 Canadians will not be on the flight, after testing positive for the virus. They will continue their treatment in Japan.

Two people have died aboard the ship; a man and a woman, both from Japan and in their 80s, were believed to have been infected before the quarantine began, according to Japanese health officials.

– with files from the Canadian Press

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First Canadian coronavirus case now cleared of the virus: health officials – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

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

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.

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

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

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.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 20, 2020.

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

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