The Wedge visited Lynn Valley at the base of Mount Seymour including its beautiful park and canyon a few months ago. It is heartbreaking to hear of an elderly person succumbing to the Wuhan originated coronavirus in such a heavenly region of Canada.
This is the first death from the virus in Canada.
While we report this, the wedge states that the number of those affected and casualties simply do not justify the hysteria fueled by legacy media daily.
It simply does not warrant the fear and overreaction.
China is already reporting a decline of cases. It appears to have peaked. The majority of cases have recovered; but, the media continues to ramp up panic.
Prudence is always recommended but sequestering ourselves from humanity, and hoarding toilet paper and disinfectant are frenetic responses. Life must go on.
Frankly, if most of us contact the virus we will likely recover. Ebola and SARS were far worse.
So, Canada has recorded its first death from the new coronavirus, health officials in the western most province of British Columbia announced on Monday.
The victim, a senior residing at an elderly care facility, “was infected with COVID-19 (and) passed away last night,” the province’s health officer Bonnie Henry told reporters.
British Columbia’s Health Minister Adrian Dix said the victim was a man but did not give his age.
Henry said he had been a resident of the in North Vancouver. Two other residents and a caregiver had also tested positive for the disease.
The long-term care facility has a capacity for around 200.
Canada has recorded at least 71 confirmed or presumed coronavirus cases. Most are in the most populated province, Ontario, or in British Columbia.
Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, 113,255 cases have been recorded in 101 countries and territories, killing 3,964 people, according to an AFP toll based on official sources on Monday.