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Canada’s coronavirus death toll reaches 9 as country reports almost 650 cases

On Wednesday, it was announced that an elderly patient had died in Quebec at a seniors residence, marking Canada’s ninth fatality due to the growing coronavirus outbreak.

So far, B.C. has reported seven deaths — six of which are linked to the Lynn Valley Care Centre — and Ontario reported its first death on Tuesday.

There are currently almost 650 reported cases of coronavirus in Canada, 11 of which have been resolved. Chief Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tamconfirmed that over 50,000 Canadians have been tested for the virus as of March 18.

So far, Ontario has reported the most coronavirus cases, announcing a total of more than 200 in the province as of Wednesday.

B.C. has reported 186 cases, Alberta has reported 97 and Quebec has reported 94. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have all reported cases as well.

In happier news, Canadian research scientists have confirmed that a coronavirus vaccine is already in the animal testing stage.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced an $82 billion economic package on Wednesday aimed at helping both individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Trudeau showed confidence in the country’s ability to limit the spread of the virus.

“Canada, let’s work together,” he said. “I know we can do this.”

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