The novel coronavirus has taken its first life in Canada. Canada's First COVID-19 death has just been confirmed in B.C. on Monday, March 9, 2020. The patient was a man in a North Vancouver nursing home who was diagnosed with the virus last week. 

He passed away on Sunday night, according to Dr. Bonnie Henry, the chief medical officer in B.C. 

The man was one of two patients in the nursing home who was diagnosed with the disease in the last week. 

Henry is set to reveal more details in a press conference this afternoon. 

"Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and loved ones and also of course to the staff that provided him care, and to his home at the Lynn Valley Care Centre,” Henry said to Global News

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 patients have been growing in numbers throughout B.C., with the province having confirmed 32 patients as of Monday. The entire country has confirmed 69 cases so far, with new cases announced in Alberta and Quebec this weekend. 

Two other patients in the nursing home have also tested positive for the coronavirus, and are now seeking confirmation. They're being isolated at the home. All residents at the home are being monitored for symptoms. 

Henry also added that Vancouver Coastal Health officials have been active at the nursing home since it was revealed that an employee at the home was diagnosed.

Another healthcare worker from the Fraser Valley region has also tested positive for the virus and is now recovering at home, as explained by CTV.

Outside of the updates related to the nursing home, the B.C. government has also identified two new cases of COVID-19 in the province, both of which are being linked to international travel.

The first is a woman in her fifties who had recently flown in from Iran, and the other is a man in his thirties who had travelled to Italy. Both are in isolation and recovering at home, Henry said.

Four patients in B.C. have recovered from the novel coronavirus so far, and several others in the region are no longer showing symptoms.

They are waiting on tests to confirm they don't have the disease anymore.

As of now, Bonnie Henry adds that there is no need to stop public gatherings yet, but this is something that might happen if more cases get reported that the government can't link.

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