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Council eats lunch in Chinatown amid coronavirus myths

Last Updated Feb 24, 2020 at 3:59 pm MST

Chinatown business owners feel they are being impacted by rumours of the coronavirus. The risk is low of contracting coronavirus in Canada. (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s Chinatown is feeling the effects of growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak as many people are avoiding visiting the area.

City Council took an approach to encourage more residents to shop local and visit the cultural district by holding their lunch at Ho Won.

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi wanted to reiterate the low risk of contracting the virus in Calgary.

“Certainly we’ve seen some challenges here. We’ve seen some myths and some uncertainties in relation to the coronavirus. I need to remind everyone that there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Alberta, that our public health system and Calgary emergency management are strong in terms of managing an outbreak should one occur,” said Nenshi.

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“Ultimately it is very, very safe here in the city of Calgary. The chances of contracting anything are very, very, very, low.”

Canada currently has 11 cases of the coronavirus, seven of which are in B.C.