Coronavirus live updates: 90 per cent of COVID-19 cases in last week are from community spread

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COVID-19 cases have surged past 2,000 in Canada as the death toll reached 24. Globally, there are 392,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, while deaths have passed 17,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. Italy’s death toll has doubled compared to China, the epicentre of the outbreak. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is providing an update now, before Parliament sits for an emergency session. Once more, he is pushing the urgent need for Canadians to social distance.