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Dr. Theresa Tam: Community spread of COVID-19 within Canada now rising

BY , Mar 24, 2020 8:22 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam arrives for a press conference on COVID-19 at West Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada's chief medical health officer says there's now a pretty equal ratio of travel related to community transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Theresa Tam says this represents a fundamental shift in the spread of the virus in Canada.

She also notes it's a common misconception that the virus only affects the elderly or people with underlying health issues.

She says younger people can get very sick too.

Nearly 120,000 Canadians have been tested for the coronavirus, with an average of 10,000 people tested per day.

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