Ontario’s first coronavirus-related death confirmed

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Ontario's Ministry of Health confirms its first casualty caused by COVID-19.

"There has been a death. I’m very sorry and extend my condolences to this person’s family. However, what we determined post-death is that he did test positive for COVID-19," said Christine Elliott, Ontario's health minister, to CP24.

The victim was a 77-year-old man from the Muskoka region who had close contact with another affected individual. Travis Kann, a health official, says the man was not a confirmed case before his death, but he had been under investigation for the virus.


A coroner investigation is ongoing to determine the specific cause of death. More details will be released later today.

Coinciding with the first death is the confirmation of eight more COVID-19 cases in the province.

Stay tuned for more information on this developing story.

Photo by TEHN.ca

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