TORONTO – Ontario’s premier says government travel will continue despite concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Doug Ford says he does not currently plan to cancel any of his government’s upcoming trade missions abroad, though he remains concerned about COVID-19 and its impact on the economy.

Ford also says he does not intend to delay his spring budget, scheduled for release later this month, because of the virus.

Also on Tuesday, Ontario health officials announced one new case of the novel coronavirus – a man in his 40s who had travelled to Switzerland – bringing the total in the province to 36.

Public health officials in British Columbia announced Monday that a man died of COVID-19 at a long-term care home in North Vancouver.

It’s believed to be the first fatality caused by the new coronavirus in Canada.

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