COVID-19: nearly 4,000 new cases and more than 150 deaths Thursday in Canada

The pandemic seems to want to run out of steam in Quebec and Ontario, but Canada is still approaching 800,000 cumulative cases of coronavirus disease. As of Thursday evening, the country had a cumulative 793,738 cases (+3923) and 20,513 deaths (+152).

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Ontario had the most new infections on Thursday, at 1,563, as well as 88 deaths. Additional contamination comes mainly from Toronto (584) and the regions of Peel (265) and York (132). So far, the country’s most populous province has reported a total of 273,660 cases and 6,393 deaths.

The number of cases in Quebec has been stable for three days. After two days with exactly 1053 cases, 1093 were reported Thursday, for a total to date of 266,672. There have also been 42 deaths, 15 of which occurred in the last 24 hours. La Belle Province is approaching the psychological mark of 10,000 deaths associated with the virus, while there are now 9,941.

It is in Montreal where the spotlight remains on, with 532 new infections reported Thursday, ahead of Montérégie (190), Laval (112), the Laurentians (60), Lanaudière (47), and Estrie (44).

Hospitalizations have decreased across Quebec (-36, to 1070), as have people requiring acute care (-2, to 175), which is still good news for the authorities. But the latter urge people to maintain barrier gestures, such as wearing a face covering, physical distancing and washing hands, because the war is not over.

«#COVID19 Projections [hospitalières du 31 janvier]: the [baisse] observed in recent weeks should continue for all of Quebec. However, we must remain cautious, the situation could quickly change if the cases start again. [augmenter]”, Wrote on Twitter the Minister of Health and Social Services Christian Dubé, sharing data from the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS).

INESSS figures show that for a third consecutive week, there is a decrease (-17%) in the number of new cases compared to the previous week (8,830 versus 10,635). All regions and all age groups, except youth aged 17 and under, for which the number of cases is higher than the previous week (+ 7%). As for the decrease in the number of anticipated hospitalizations, it remains at a pace as sustained (-26%) as the previous week (431 versus 579), according to the Institute.

In Western Canada, British Columbia added 465 cases and six deaths to its picture on Thursday, ahead of Alberta (421 cases and 13 deaths), Saskatchewan (250 cases and seven deaths) and Manitoba (110 cases and two deaths).

In the Atlantic provinces, New Brunswick announced 16 new cases, while Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island each added a single case to their balance sheet.

Finally, in the north, Nunavut recorded two additional infections.

The situation in Canada:

  • Ontario: 273,660 cases (6,393 deaths)
  • Quebec: 266,672 cases (9,941 deaths)
  • Alberta: 125,672 cases (1,684 deaths)
  • British Columbia: 69,245 cases (1,240 deaths)
  • Manitoba: 29,968 cases (837 deaths)
  • Saskatchewan: 24,680 cases (329 deaths)
  • Nova Scotia: 1,584 cases (65 deaths)
  • New Brunswick: 1,318 cases (18 deaths)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 411 cases (4 deaths)
  • Nunavut: 296 cases (1 death)
  • Prince Edward Island: 113 cases
  • Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
  • Northwest Territories: 36 cases
  • Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 793,738 cases (20,513 deaths)

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