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Canadian detained in China ‘astonished’ to learn about scale of Covid pandemic

On Saturday Michael Kovrig had his first contact with diplomats since January, saying he was determined to come home

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One of the two Canadians that Ottawa says are held arbitrarily in China was “relieved” to get outside news via a virtual diplomatic visit and astonished to learn of the scale of the Covid pandemic, his wife said on Sunday.

Canada announced on Saturday its first contact since January with Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, who have been imprisoned in China for nearly two years.

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