Child under 10 died from COVID-19, Waterloo Region top doctor says

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Waterloo Region's top public health doctor says a child under age 10 has died from COVID-19.

Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang shared the news at a press conference on Friday.

She says the child had underlying health conditions, and there were no school or child care setting exposures related to the case.

Wang says the death is a rare, tragic circumstance and a reminder of how serious the virus is.

Premier Doug Ford shared condolences with the family on Friday.

He says everyone eligible should get vaccinated against the virus to protect people like young children who don't yet qualify for the shots.