There are now 51 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada
Canada has now confirmed 51 coronavirus cases in the country.
Ontario has 26 cases of coronavirus, B.C. has 21 cases, Quebec has three cases and Alberta has one.
Ontario reports 2 new cases of coronavirus. That's in addition to 2 cases announced earlier involving a man who had travelled to Las Vegas and another one who had been to Iran. The new cases brings Ontario's total to 26, and Canada's total to 51.— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) March 6, 2020
Most of Canada's cases originated in hotspots like China, Iran or Italy; the notable exceptions are the Ontario case that originated in Las Vegas and a B.C. case that was transmitted locally in the community.
Coronavirus has infected over 100,000 people in 85+ countries around the world. The World Health Organization labelled the virus a global health emergency, although Canadian health officials say that the risk to Canada is low.
The Canadian government has also officially advised against all travel to China and Iran. Air Canada has cancelled all flights to and from China, but has yet to do so for any other country — a fact that has many Canadians up-in-arms.
But it's not just Canada's travel industry that's suffering; many other companies have been forced to adjust operations due to the growing spread of coronavirus.
Panicked Canadians have also been cleaning out major shops such as Costco and Walmart in their quest to stockpile supplies.
Is there a toilet paper crisis in Canada right now too? Because this is the situation rn in Townsville pic.twitter.com/Pg3vSFzxjh— h ❁ (@hnnhmaso) March 5, 2020
Canada has also pledged a whopping $27 million that will go towards finding a cure for coronavirus.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also established a new Cabinet committee that exists solely to tackle the virus.
Our top priority is keeping Canadians safe. With COVID-19 spreading around the world, we are creating a new Cabinet committee to build on the work we’ve been doing to prevent & limit the spread of the virus in Canada, and to monitor its economic impacts. https://t.co/IduoI0VXxu— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 4, 2020
In the meantime, Canadians are encouraged to wash their hands regularly, refrain from touching their faces, and avoid large crowds where possible.
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