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Horgan Releases Statement on Anniversary of Canada’s first COVID-19 case

Today marks a grim anniversary. One year ago today, Canada’s first presumptive COVID-19 case was announced.

Premier John Horgan has issued a statement, saying, “One year ago today, the first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Canada was announced. The first lab-confirmed case in British Columbia was announced later that week. Within six weeks, COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

“Over the past year, British Columbians, like people around the world have faced challenges, hardships, and loss. COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down,” said Horgan.

A lot has happened since January 25, 2020, and Horgan said, “Today is an appropriate time to commemorate the more than 1,000 British Columbians we have lost so far to COVID-19. It is also the time to acknowledge the countless efforts and sacrifices people have made to help protect and take care of others over the last year.

While the COVID-19 vaccines are being administered, the Premier urged British Columbians to remain vigilant and follow safety protocols.

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“Today, we recommit ourselves to protecting people’s health and livelihoods from the threat of COVID-19, knowing that better days are ahead,” Horgan said.

Thursday marks the anniversary of BC’s first case, which was confirmed after a man in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority returned from Wuhan, China.

On March 11th, a man in his 60’s was Island Health’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, after he returned from Egypt.

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