This is a grim milestone for our country. COVID-19 deaths in Canada have surpassed the entire SARS total from back in 2003. It has also happened in a shorter period of time.

As of March 28, the government has reported 55 deaths in throughout the country as a result of the virus and the number of confirmed cases reached 4,675.

So far there have been 18 fatalities in both Quebec and Ontario, 16 in B.C., two in Alberta and one in Manitoba.

The country recorded its first death which was confirmed on March 9 and now less than three weeks later, COVID-19 has become more deadly than SARS was.

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, there were 44 deaths from SARS in Canada during the outbreak in 2003 and just 438 probable cases.

Even though suspected cases of SARS were reported across the country back then, it was mainly centred in Toronto.

As of now, Quebec has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of any province or territory with large numbers of positive tests in Ontario, B.C. and Alberta as well.

This has been happening in the two-month timespan since Canada confirmed its first case of coronavirus on January 25.

According to CTV News, the SARS related deaths and probable cases happened over a six month period.

The government is calling COVID-19 "a serious health threat" to Canadians and that the risk is considered high because of the increasing number of cases.

Because of that, there is an advisory in place to avoid all non-essential travel outside of the country, the U.S. border has been closed to non-essential travel and people returning to Canada are legally required to self-isolate for 14.

There could even be harsh penalties like fines and jail time for people who don't obey the mandatory isolation order.

When the SARS outbreak happened, the WHO issued an advisory against non-essential travel to Toronto in late April 2003.

For COVID-19, the organization has advised against putting travel restrictions in place regarding countries that are experiencing outbreaks.

So far, more than 170,600 people have been tested for COVID-19 by provincial and national public health labs across Canada.

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