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One year since Canada's first COVID-related death in B.C.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO-NIAID-RML, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Man in his 80s living at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver was first person in Canada to die because of COVID

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Mar. 11 as National Day of Observance

To date, Canada has recorded more than 22,200 death related to COVID-19

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Monday marks one year since the first life was lost in Canada to COVID-19.

He was a man in his 80s living at the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

Since Mar. 8, 2020, more than 22,200 people in Canada have died because of COVID-19. Of that total, more than 1,300 deaths were recorded in B.C.

To honour the loved ones of people lost to the pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a National Day of Observance, to be held on Mar. 11.

“Early last year, our lives, and the lives of everyone around the world, were forever changed by the emergence of COVID-19. Today – one year after the first known death of a Canadian to the disease – we now mourn the tragic loss of more than 22,000 parents, siblings, friends, and loved ones,” Trudeau said in a statement Monday.

More than 864,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Canada to date. The pandemic has not only impacted the health of many Canadians but also their economic and financial well being. The health crisis has impacted various industries, many of which are still struggling to recover.

“All Canadians have experienced sacrifice and loss over the past year. Our kids have missed birthday parties, seniors have felt isolated from the ones they love, and for far too many, this virus has meant the loss of their job or the closure of their business,” Trudeau said, urging Canadians to continue pressing on.