1st ‘presumptive’ case of COVID-19 confirmed in the Maritimes

The “presumptive” first case of the novel coronavirus has been reported in New Brunswick, the Department of Health announced Wednesday evening.

This is the first case of COVID-19 that has been confirmed in all of Atlantic Canada.

The news came just hours after the World Health Organization deemed the virus a pandemic, infecting thousands of people in more than 100 countries.

Provincial officials have said it was only a matter of time before the virus reached New Brunswick. 

As of early Wednesday morning, Canada had 101 reported cases of COVID-19, that number does not include New Brunswick’s first case:

Ontario officials reported five of those cases are now resolved, which they said means the individuals are “no longer infectious based on two consecutive negative tests.” B.C. says four of its cases are resolved.

The first COVID-19 death in Canada was announced in British Columbia on Monday.

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s website says the risk to Canadians remains low for the general population — but that “could change rapidly.”

It says there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians who are aged 65 or older or have compromised immune systems.

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