Province, territory or other Number of confirmed cases Number of probable cases
British Columbia 186 0
Alberta 97 0
Saskatchewan 2 6
Manitoba 8 7
Ontario 189 0
Quebec 74 0
Newfoundland and Labrador 0 1
New Brunswick 2 6
Nova Scotia 1 6
Prince Edward Island 1 0
Repatriated travelers 9 0
Total cases 569 26
The World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic.
The WHO’s assessment is not unexpected. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change the WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by COVID-19 and it does not change what the WHO is doing. It also does not change what countries around the world should do. For that reason, it does not change the approach we are taking in Canada.
Canada’s public health system is prepared. Since the outset, the Public Health Agency of Canada and public health authorities at all levels of government across the country have been working together to ensure that our preparedness and response measures are appropriate and adaptable, based on the latest science and the evolving situation.
Aside from Canada, other countries and regions are reporting cases.
With provinces The Public Health Agency of Canada is working, territories and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on the containment of the outbreak and the prevention of further spread.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer is in close contact with provincial and territorial Chief Medical Officers of Health to ensure that any cases of COVID-19 occurring in Canada continue to be rapidly identified and managed in order to protect the health of Canadians.
Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory is performing diagnostic testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. With provincial and territorial public health laboratories, the laboratory is working in close collaboration, which is now able to test for COVID-19.