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The country-wide total jumped to over 294,300 cases, after Ontario and Quebec case counts declined from record-setting levels on Saturday.
Ontario reported 1,248 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths, while Quebec health authorities recorded 1,211 new cases and 15 additional deaths linked to the virus.
That is down from 1,585 and 1,448 cases, respectively, a day earlier.
Coronavirus emerged in Italy earlier than thought, Italian study shows
ROME — The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy since September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows, signaling that COVID-19 might have spread beyond China earlier than previously thought.
The World Health Organization has said the new coronavirus and COVID-19, the respiratory disease it causes, were unknown before the outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, in central China, in December.
Italy’s first COVID-19 patient was detected on Feb. 21 in a little town near Milan, in the northern region of Lombardy.
But the Italian researchers’ findings, published by the INT’s scientific magazine Tumori Journal, show that 11,6% of 959 healthy volunteers enrolled in a lung cancer screening trial between September 2019 and March 2020, had developed coronavirus antibodies well before February.
U.S. COVID-19 cases cross 11 million as pandemic intensifies
The number of coronavirus cases in the United States crossed the 11-million mark on Sunday reaching yet another grim milestone, according to a Reuters tally, as the third wave of COVID-19 infections surged across the country.