Monday 15 March 2021

Coronavirus: Canada marks 1 year of pandemic

Canada: Covid-19 Coronavirus death toll is 22,484

Global News shows that the past year has been difficult for many people, from health-care workers and those who lost jobs, to the families who lost loved ones.

Canada has been through 2 brutal waves of the pandemic and there is still uncertainty what comes next as the case numbers level off, but the country is still in a different place than it was a year ago.

With vaccines rolling out in a counterattack many are hopeful a better sense of normalcy will soon return. Eric Sorensen looks back on 1 year of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in Canada and worldwide.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is part of the ongoing global worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus was confirmed to have reached Canada on January 27, 2020, after an individual who had returned to Toronto from Wuhan, Hubei, China, tested positive.

Most virus cases over the course of the pandemic have been in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. Confirmed cases have been reported in all of Canada's provinces and territories. The federal Minister of Health invoked the Quarantine Act, introduced following the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak. The act has been used for the first time in its legislative history, legally requiring all travelers (excluding essential workers) returning to the country to self-isolate for 14 days.

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