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A fifth person in Saskatchewan has died from COVID-19.

Heath officials say the resident was in his 80s and lived in the province’s north, which is dealing with an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre confirmed on Sunday that the person was a member of his community, about 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon, and was receiving care in North Battleford.

A post from the community’s Facebook page extends condolences to the man’s family.

The provincial government has announced 12 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Saskatchewan’s total to 365.

It says nearly all of the new cases are from the far north, many around La Loche.

With files from CKOM

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