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Ontario reports first death linked to COVID-19

Last Updated Mar 17, 2020 at 10:23 am PDT

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Canadian researchers are making multiple breakthroughs in the fight against COVID-19, as a biotech firm take the firsts steps towards a vaccine and a hospital in Ottawa opened a drive-thru screening centre. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
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Ontario has confirmed the province's first death related to COVID-19 -- the fifth in Canada

The man wasn't a confirmed case before he died, health officials said, adding COVID-19 was discovered after his death

This is the first death related to COVID-19 outside of B.C.

TORONTO – Ontario health officials are confirming the province’s first death in a patient with COVID-19.

A spokesman for Health Minister Christine Elliott says the 77-year-old man in the Muskoka region was a close contact of another positive case.

Travis Kann says the man himself wasn’t a confirmed case before he died, rather he was under investigation for the virus.

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COVID-19 was discovered after his death.

The investigation into the exact cause of death is ongoing.

This is the first death related to the virus outside of B.C., which has recorded four.