March 18 2020 1:55pm

Coronavirus outbreak: Canada approves 2 new COVID-19 tests

Health Minister Patty Hajdu said on Wednesday that the federal government had approved two new diagnostic tests for COVID-19 to allow labs to speed up testing, stressing it is one of several key ways to slow the spread of the disease. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam added Canada had 598 cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths, but said they had tested more than 50,000 people.

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