The two most populous provinces in the country, Ontario and Quebec, reported on Thursday more than 1,200 infections each, proof that the health crisis does not run out of steam within one month of Christmas.
Ontario has recorded 1,210 cases of COVID-19 and 28 fatalities, bringing its cumulative toll to 99,372 contaminations and 3,443 deaths.
Quebec laboratories have for their part reported that 1,207 tests had been declared positive, for a total since the start of the pandemic of 128,440 cases. Thirty-four additional deaths, including seven occurring in the last 24 hours, have added to the Quebec figures, which present 6,744 fatalities to date. The number of hospitalizations fell by 1, to 651, but people requiring acute care increased by 1, to 101.
Manitoba has had to contend with an explosion of infections in recent weeks. It reported 475 contaminations and eight deaths. So far, the province has counted 12,482 cases and 198 deaths.
Nunavut, which has long been the only sector in Canada to have zero cases, added four on Thursday for a total of 74.
Nova Scotia (+1), Newfoundland and Labrador and the Yukon (+1) also updated their data.
By mid-afternoon on Thursday, Canada had 314,008 cases of COVID-19 (+2899) and 11,256 deaths (+70).
According to Canadian public health, it has more than 51,000 active cases of the virus right now in the country, with a daily average of nearly 4,800 new infections, from November 6 to 18.
On average, every day, 1,800 people with COVID-19 were hospitalized across the country during the same period, including 360 in intensive care. We must add to these figures, still for the period from 6 to 18 November, 72 deaths on average each day.
As Canadians prepare for the next Christmas in every province and territory, the fact remains that community transmission and outbreaks continue to contribute to the spread of COVID-19, with national public health indicating that the number of seriously ill people is growing.
“The number of cases is increasing in older adults, especially in those 80 years and older, for whom the incidence rate is the highest nationally,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, chief administrator of the Canadian public health.
“More and more outbreaks are on the increase in long-term care centers, collective dwellings and hospitals, and are spreading in indigenous communities,” she continued. These situations are of great concern as they expose countless Canadians to life-threatening illness, cause serious disruption to health care services, and pose significant challenges for regions that are not sufficiently equipped to handle complex medical emergencies. ”
Quebec: 128,440 cases (6,744 deaths)
Ontario: 99,372 cases (3,443 deaths)
Alberta: 41,692 cases (443 deaths)
British Columbia: 24,422 cases (320 deaths)
Manitoba: 12,482 cases (198 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 5,553 cases (32 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,155 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 388 cases (6 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 308 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 74 cases
Prince Edward Island: 68 cases
Yukon: 26 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 15 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 314,008 (11,256 deaths)