Medics fighting coronavirus in Canada

Canada reached a coronavirus grim milestone on Saturday as fatalities soared above 7,000.

The death toll reached 7,073 after Quebec province released its latest figures.

The province announced 76 deaths, along with 419 new cases of the virus.

According to reported, COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, has infected more than 90,000 people in Canada.

More than 50 percent of the cases were diagnosed in Quebec.

Nearly 1.7 million Canadians have been tested for the virus.

Public health officials have said that most of Canada’s deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities.

Despite increasing death tolls and case counts, the rate of infection appears to be slowing in most provinces, and many have taken gradual steps toward reopening in recent weeks.

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The new coronavirus was formally identified in January after Wuhan, China, saw a cluster of pneumonia cases that were not associated with any known virus.

The illness caused by the virus was later dubbed COVID-19.