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More than 90% of Canadian deaths from coronavirus are those over age 60

Last Updated Apr 14, 2020 at 1:24 pm EDT

A person wearing protective equipment looks out of a window at the Herron seniors residence in Dorval, Montreal, on April 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Summary

Dr. Theresa Tam says outbreaks in long-term care homes are the most crucial COVID-19 problem.


Tam is urging all Canadians to continue to stay home to keep older people, who are most at risk, from dying.


Half of the 734 deaths in Canada from COVID-19 had occurred in long-term care homes.


Quebec continues to lead the country in deaths and infections from COVID-19 with many of the victims being elderly.

Canada has seen 25,682 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases including 780 deaths due to the virus.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, says outbreaks in long-term care homes are the most crucial COVID-19 problem coming out of the last two weeks of the pandemic.

Tam is urging all Canadians to continue to stay home to keep older people, who are most at risk, from dying.

More than 90 per cent of the Canadians who have died are over the age of 60, according to statistics Tam issued last week.

On Monday she said half of the 734 deaths in Canada from COVID-19 had occurred in long-term care homes.

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