The COVID-19 pandemic has now contributed to the deaths of just over 20,000 Canadians in just over a year.
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The publication of the reports for Ontario and Quebec on Sunday morning made it possible to cross this milestone, just over a year after the official discovery of a first case of COVID-19 in Toronto on January 25. 2020.
Canada on Sunday had a total of 20,020 deaths associated with the pandemic.
However, Canada had to wait until March 9, 2020 for a first death related to the disease to occur in the country, in British Columbia. The latter, which occurred in a care center for the elderly in North Vancouver, was a herald of the tragedy of CHSLDs that followed during the first wave of the pandemic.
The 20,000 deaths milestone was crossed as Quebec continued to improve its record on Sunday, revealing 1,223 new cases and 31 deaths. In addition, hospitalizations (1136, -27) continued to decrease, including in intensive care (191, -10), always bringing a little more oxygen to overwhelmed hospital teams.
In doing so, Quebec went back below the 200 beds occupied in intensive care for the first time since January 4.
The Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, pointed out that Quebec has about 200 fewer hospitalizations in a week. “This trend allows us to gradually resume surgeries in our hospitals where possible,” he said.
On the Ontario side, today’s toll was 1,848 infections and 43 deaths. However, the number of cases has been artificially inflated by the addition of about 300 positive tests for SARS-CoV-2 forgotten in recent weeks, said the Minister of Health Christine Elliott.
Otherwise, Ontario could have ended up with one of its best records since the end of November.
As in Quebec, the province has fewer and fewer hospitalized patients (1159, -114). However, this trend is slow to translate into gains in intensive care where there are still 356 people fighting against the virus (+3), including 252 connected to a ventilator (+36).
Elsewhere in the country, the data remained relatively similar in Manitoba, where 115 cases and 4 deaths were recorded, as well as in Saskatchewan, with 238 infections and 4 deaths.
Alberta saw a slight rebound from the previous day with the announcement of 461 cases and 8 deaths.
For its part, New Brunswick continues to struggle with 26 new infections, while no other Atlantic province has announced a new infection. New Brunswick has more than doubled its total number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the start of the pandemic in the month of January.
Finally, British Columbia did not provide a balance sheet on Sunday, as usual.
Ontario: 268,211 cases (6,188 deaths)
Quebec: 262,583 cases (9,794 deaths)
Alberta: 124,208 cases (1,639 deaths)
British Columbia: 66,779 cases (1,189 deaths)
Manitoba: 29,564 cases (829 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 23,864 cases (304 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,580 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 1,256 cases (18 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 408 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 284 cases (1 death)
Prince Edward Island: 111 cases
Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 31 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 778,959 cases (20,032 deaths)