OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Federal Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam reported Thursday a second death in Ontario from COVID-19, raising the national death toll from the virus to 10.
Seven of those are from B.C., while one was in Quebec.
The new death in Ontario is an Oakville man in his 50s with underlying health conditions. Earlier in the day, Ontario confirmed 43 new coronavirus cases in the province.
Meanwhile, Quebec reported 27 new confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases Thursday, raising the total in that province to 121 from 94.
New Brunswick also declared a provincial state of emergency on Thursday, following B.C., Alberta and Ontario.
The total recorded number of confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases in Canada is up to 779, including 10 at the CFB military base in Trenton, Ont.. Canadians there are under quarantine after returning from places such as Wuhan, China and from cruise ships where outbreaks were reported or suspected.
“The epidemic continues to grow in Canada. Public health authorities remain dedicated to finding cases in their contacts and interrupting transmission chains. By changing our behaviours and practicing social distancing, each one of us can find all possible ways to reduce opportunities for this virus to spread,” Tam said.
Canada has carried out more than 10,000 COVID-19 tests over the last 24 hours.
Ontario has the most recorded cases of COVID-19 with 257 as of Thursday morning, followed by B.C. (231), Alberta (119) , Quebec (121), and Manitoba (13). Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island also have confirmed cases.
Newfoundland and Labrador do not have any confirmed cases, nor do any of the territories.