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In an update on Thursday, the Canadian government increased the travel risk rating for South Korea, Northern Italy, and Iran amid the spread of novel coronavirus.

The Public Health Agency of Canada added Iran and Northern Italy to the list of countries with Level 2 risk warnings out of four levels.

At level 2, travellers are advised to practice special health precautions like receiving additional vaccinations.

COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in all provinces of South Korea, Iran, and in Northern Italy, and sustained community spread of the virus is being reported which means it is unknown how or where some people became infected.

South Korea is now reported 1,146 cases of COVID-19, Italy has 323, and Iran is up to 95.

As of the time of publication, Canada has a total of 13 confirmed coronavirus cases – seven in B.C. and six in Ontario.

On Tuesday, Air Canada announced that they would be cancelling all flights between Canada and China until April 10th, after originally suspending flights until February 29th.

As of the time of publication, there are a total of 82,792 confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and 2,817 people have succumbed to the disease.