Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update

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Current situation

Map - Total Number of COVID-19 Cases in Canada - Text Description
Areas in Canada with cases of COVID-19 as of
Province, territory or other Number of confirmed cases Number of probable cases Number of deaths
Canada 15,496 16 280
Newfoundland and Labrador 217 0 1
Prince Edward Island 22 0 0
Nova Scotia 262 0 0
New Brunswick 101 0 0
Quebec 7,944 0 94
Ontario 4,038 0 119
Manitoba 187 16 2
Saskatchewan 249 0 3
Alberta 1,250 0 23
British Columbia 1,203 0 38
Yukon 6 0 0
Northwest Territories 4 0 0
Nunavut 0 0 0
Repatriated travellers 13 0 0

Additional COVID-19 case information:

Global

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic.

This assessment by the WHO 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 (along with 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 (listed below). An official global travel advisory is in effect: avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

Risk to Canadians

COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.

This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.

Check if you have been exposed

Have you been on a recent flight, cruise, train, or at a public gathering? Check the listed exposure locations to see if you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Vulnerable populations

There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:

Travellers

There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. This includes cruise ships.

For Canadians who have recently travelled, the Government of Canada has put in place an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that applies to all travellers arriving in Canada. This is to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in Canada.

If you have recently returned to Canada and you have symptoms, you must ISOLATE. This is mandatory. If required, immediate medical attention will be provided upon arrival in Canada.

If you have recently returned to Canada and you have no symptoms, you must QUARANTINE (self-isolate) yourself. This is mandatory. You are at risk of developing symptoms and infecting others.

If you develop symptoms within 14 days:

We continue to reassess the public health risk, based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves.

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How Canada is monitoring COVID-19

The health and safety of all Canadians is our top priority.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with provinces, territories and international partners, including the World Health Organization, to actively monitor the situation. Global efforts are focused on containment of the outbreak and the prevention of further spread.

Canada's Chief Public Health Officer of Canada 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. The laboratory is working in close collaboration with provincial and territorial public health laboratories, which are now able to test for COVID-19. A summary of people tested in Canada is available and updated each week day.

National Microbiology Laboratory's summary of people tested in Canada as of April 5, 2020 at 11:00 am EDT
Total number of patients tested in Canada Total positive Total negative
323,297 15,262 306,350

This testing summary represents information collected by the laboratory and not the total reported cases in Canada. The remainder of tests not reported here are still being resolved.

Should there be any differences with the national case count compared with testing numbers reported by provincial and territorial public health officials, provincial data should be considered the most up-to-date.

For more information, visit Canada's response page.

History

April 2020
  • On April 3, Canada announces an investment of $100 million to improve access to food for Canadians facing social, economic, and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On April 3, worldwide COVID-19 cases reach 1 million.
  • On April 2, Canada launches the Canada COVID-19 app on iOS and Android to provide Canadians with the latest information on COVID-19 and a way to check their symptoms.
  • On April 2, Canada surpasses 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19.  
March 2020
  • On March 31, Canada announces new partnerships with Canadian industries, under Canada's Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19. The Government of Canada plans to invest $2 billion to support diagnostic testing and to purchase ventilators and protective personal equipment.
  • On March 30, Canada states that all passengers flying in Canada will be subject to a health check prior to boarding.
  • On March 29, Canada introduces measures to support vulnerable Canadians to help cope with the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID‑19.
  • On March 27, Canada announces support for small businesses facing impacts of the pandemic, as part of the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.
  • On March 23, Canada announces support to quickly mobilize Canadian researchers and life sciences companies to support large-scale efforts towards countermeasures to combat COVID-19, including potential vaccines and treatments.
  • On March 23, Canada announces new measures to support local farmers and agri-food businesses in Canada facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On March 18, Canada announces financial help, through the COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, for Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • On March 18, Canada implements a ban on foreign nationals from all countries, except the United States from entering Canada, Canada-U.S. border closes to all non-essential travel, and redirects international passenger flight arrivals to four airports in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.
  • On March 16, Canada advises travellers entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • On March 13, Canada advises Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
  • On March 11, the World Health Organization declares the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.
  • On March 9, Canada confirms its first death related to COVID-19.
February 2020
  • On February 20, Canada confirms its first case related to travel outside mainland China.
  • On February 9, Canada expands COVID-19 screening requirements for travellers returning from affected areas to 10 airports across 6 provinces.
January 2020
  • On January 30, the World Health Organization declares the outbreak of COVID-19 a public health event of international concern.
  • On January 25, Canada confirms its first case of COVID-19 related to travel in Wuhan, China.
  • On January 22, Canada implements screening requirements related to COVID-19 for travellers returning from China to major airports in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver.
  • On January 15, the Public Health Agency of Canada activates the Emergency Operation Centre to support Canada's response to COVID-19.
  • On January 7, China confirmed COVID-19.
December 2019
  • On December 31, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus.

Contact us

For information on COVID-19, refer to our frequently asked questions. If you are looking for information on COVID-19, specific to your province, refer to our resources page.

If you have additional questions that are not answered on our website:

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Updates

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News

Table : Updates
Title Date
3D printing and other unconventional manufacturing of personal protective equipment in response to COVID-19 2020-03-31
Considerations in the use of homemade masks to protect against COVID-19 2020-03-26
New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada 2020-03-25
Prime Minister announces efforts to bring Canadians home from abroad 2020-03-21
No scientific evidence that ibuprofen worsens COVID-19 symptoms 2020-03-20
Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research projects 2020-03-19
Expedited access to disinfectants, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment to help limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as swabs for testing 2020-03-18
Health Canada expedites access to COVID-19 diagnostic laboratory test kits and other medical devices 2020-03-18
Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 2020-03-18
Canadian Food Inspection Agency update regarding COVID-19 2020-03-17
First Ministers discuss collective efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 2020-03-13
Government of Canada advises Canadians to avoid non-essential travel abroad 2020-03-13
Prime Minister speaks with National Indigenous Leaders on efforts to address the impact of COVID-19 2020-03-13
Statement on a case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a passenger from the Grand Princess 2020-03-11
Prime Minister outlines Canada's COVID-19 response 2020-03-11
Government of Canada repatriates Canadians from Grand Princess cruise ship 2020-03-10
Government of Canada evacuating Canadians on board Grand Princess cruise ship 2020-03-08
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of repatriated Canadians from quarantine following 14-day stay at the NAV CENTRE 2020-03-06
Prime Minister creates committee on COVID-19 2020-03-04
Update: special immigration measures expanded to applicants in Iran and South Korea affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 2020-02-29
Update #6: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-26
Update: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of repatriated Canadians from quarantine following 14-day stay at CFB Trenton 2020-02-25
Update #5: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-23
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of repatriated Canadians from quarantine following 14-day stay at CFB Trenton 2020-02-21
Government of Canada repatriates Canadians and their families from Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan 2020-02-21
Government of Canada evacuating Canadians on board Diamond Princess cruise ship 2020-02-15
Update #4: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-15
Update #3: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-12
Government of Canada repatriates more Canadians and their families from Wuhan, China 2020-02-11
Update #2: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-10
Community Safety a Top Priority in 2019-nCoV Repatriation Efforts 2020-02-10
Update: Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for the 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-10
Canada supports China's ongoing response to novel coronavirus outbreak 2020-02-09
Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on the release of selected individuals from quarantine for 2019 novel coronavirus 2020-02-09
Government of Canada repatriates Canadians and their families from the epicentre of the 2019-nCoV outbreak in China 2020-02-08
Government of Canada evacuating Canadians from Wuhan, China 2020-02-02
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convenes the Incident Response Group for an update on the coronavirus situation 2020-02-02
Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister on travel to Hubei Province in China 2020-01-26
Statement by the Minister of Health on the First Presumptive Confirmed Travelled-Related Case of New Coronavirus in Canada 2020-01-25
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