March 22, 2020 / 2:53 PM / 10 days ago

Canada coronavirus death toll jumps by almost 50% to 19 in less than a day

OTTAWA, March 22 (Reuters) - The Canadian death toll from the coronavirus outbreak jumped almost 50% percent to 19 in less than a day, official figures released by the federal government showed on Sunday.

Ottawa said late on Saturday that 13 people had died but by 9 a.m. Eastern Time (1300 GMT) on Sunday that number had grown to 19, a 46% increase. The number of confirmed cases rose to 1,302 from 1,099. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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