Watch: First coronavirus case reported in British Columbia

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, provided a coronavirus update on Tuesday after the first case of coronavirus was reported in the province of British Columbia.

A Vancouver man recently returned from a trip to Wuhan, China — the epicentre of the outbreak — and alerted his health-care provider of his symptoms.

As of Tuesday, there have been 106 deaths and the total number of confirmed cases has nearly doubled to 4,515 from 2,835 in China.

Hinshaw said it’s part of human psychology that things unfamiliar to us produces more fear.

“This is a new virus. It’s jumped from an animal reservoir to humans, we don’t yet know what animal that was. So it’s really natural that people are feeling afraid about something that’s new,” Hinshaw said.