Quebec has been, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the most affected province in terms of the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease, but Ontario is on the way to overtaking it.
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Ontario reported 2,632 new cases and 46 deaths as of Thursday, bringing its toll so far to 247,564 infections and 5,614 deaths. Quebec for its part reported 1,624 cases and 66 fatalities, which means that since last March it has accumulated 248,860 cases and 9,273 deaths.
If La Belle Province is on the verge of leaving the leading position to its more populous neighbor for cumulative cases, it nevertheless remains in the lead, as we can see, in terms of the number of patients who were carried away by the virus.
Ontario Minister of Health Christine Eliott on Thursday announced $ 12 million to open additional beds and launch programs dedicated to the mental health of seniors. She said on Twitter that Toronto remains the hotbed of contamination in her province, with 897 new cases, ahead of the regions of Peel (+412), York (+245) and Ottawa (+162).
For his part, his Quebec counterpart Christian Dubé urged Quebecers not to lower their guard, while the curfew in effect since January 9 seems to be starting to bear fruit.
“For the first time in three months, projections suggest a [diminution] of COVID-19 patients hospitalized, due to [baisse] cases in all regions. We must remain cautious with these data, because a [hausse] cases could change these projections, ”he said on Twitter.
The regions of Montreal (679 cases), Montérégie (254), Laval (145), Laurentides (134) and Lanaudière (102) remain under surveillance.
Among the provinces that also updated their data on Thursday are Manitoba (198 cases and 5 deaths) and New Brunswick (33 cases).
As of mid-afternoon, Canada had accumulated 729,983 cases (+4490) and 18,578 deaths (+112).
The situation in Canada:
Quebec: 248,860 cases (9,273 deaths)
Ontario: 247,564 cases (5,614 deaths)
Alberta: 118,436 cases (1,484 deaths)
British Columbia: 62,412 cases (1,104 deaths)
Manitoba: 28,089 cases (793 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 21,112 cases (226 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,565 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 1,058 cases (13 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 397 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 266 cases (1 death)
Prince Edward Island: 110 cases
Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 30 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 729,983 cases (18,578 deaths)