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First Known Case Of COVID-19 In Canada Was Confirmed Exactly One Year Ago Today

January 25, 2021 marks exactly one year since the first known case of COVID-19 in Canada was confirmed.

The illness was first confirmed in a patient who attended Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital, after returning from a trip to Wuhan, China.

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According to a report from the Infectious Disease Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association, the 56-year-old man had developed a dry cough and a fever.

He arrived at the hospital’s emergency department on January 23, before testing positive for COVID-19 two days later.

This man and his wife are considered to be Canada’s first presumptive cases of the illness.

One year later, 747,383 people in Canada have since tested positive for COVID-19.

As of January 24, 2021, there are 63,668 people who currently have the illness.

According to the federal government’s data, 19,094 people have died, the majority of whom were from Quebec and Ontario.

*This article's cover image is for illustrative purposes only.

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