As of March 21 the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is over 285,000 globally, with approximately 91,000 recovered and over 11,800 deaths. The largest surges in cases continue to be in Europe (with Italy, France, Germany and Spain being hardest hit) and Iran. The USA has also reported accelerated numbers of new cases. Of note there have been more cases in Canada than in Japan at this point.

In Canada, the numbers are rising at an accelerated rate, with over 1,000 confirmed cases, and 12 deaths. The Public Health Agency of Canada still states that the overall risk of infection in Canada is low, but the entire nation needs to work together to “flatten the epidemic curve” through minimising spread is key.

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