The death toll in Canada from the novel coronavirus rose to 3,462 after 408 patients died in the last 48 hours, according to data released Saturday.

A total of 3,830 new cases were reported, bringing the tally to 55,061.

Meanwhile, a significant rise in hate crimes against Chinese and Asian people in British Columbia, where they have a large presence, has been reported.

Since the start of the outbreak, 11 of the 15 hate crimes in the city of Vancouver have been committed against Chinese and Asian-origin targets, according to local police.

Some surveys have found the public blames China for the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases have been reported in 187 countries and regions since the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China last December, with the US and Europe the hardest-hit areas.

More than 3.34 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll nearing 239,000 and more than 1 million recoveries, according to data compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.

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