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The number of Canadian cases of the novel coronavirus is approaching 100,000 nearly three months after the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic.

The number of deaths has topped 7,000 — a heartbreaking loss of life.

On their own, the statistics are revealing. They tell us that more Canadian women are getting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and dying as a result. They tell us that poor neighbourhoods are harder hit than their wealthier counterparts. And they tell us that a disproportionate number of Black people are dying related to COVID-19 in the United States, although finding race-based data is still a struggle in Canada.

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