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Three new deaths reported in Canada as coronavirus spreads

During a press conference earlier today, B.C.'s chief medical officer of health announced that there have been three more deaths linked to the COVID-19 outbreak in the province. 

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the three deaths all took place at the Lynn Valley Care Centre over the weekend — the same place that reported the country's only other death from the virus earlier this month

"Four people in total now have passed away and we are very, very sorry about that. This is a very sad situation and we pass on our condolences to their families," she said during the press conference.

Speaking alongside Health Minister Adrian Dix, Dr. Henry also announced 30 new cases in the province, bringing B.C.'s total up to 103.

Following the somber news of additional deaths and cases in B.C., Dr. Henry and Dix announced several new measures to help address the virus outbreak. 

They said the province is now banning gatherings of more than 50 people, a step up from the previous ban of more than 250 people. 

Officials also said hospitals will only perform emergency surgeries going forward and will postpone all non-urgent scheduled surgeries in an effort to free up beds.

Dr. Henry also emphasized that U.S. travellers are currently not welcome in B.C.

The new reported cases in B.C. bring Canada's total number of cases to 414 as of Monday afternoon, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced that borders will be closed to almost all international travellers in order to help manage the outbreak. 

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