Unlike many provinces which have continued to break records over the past week, Quebec seems to have managed to control its epidemiological curve, to the point where the number of new cases of COVID-19 has started to drop.
British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nunavut: these five provinces and this territory all have in common that they have broken, sometimes more than once, their own record of cases in 24 hours during of the last seven days.
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Going against the tide of these not very encouraging data, the Belle Province has managed to bend the curve of the second wave of COVID-19.
From November 16 to 22, Public Health identified, on average, 1,169.7 COVID-19 infections per day. This is a 9.4% drop in the number of infections from the week of November 9 to 15.
Sunday’s assessment is also in a good line, public health having revealed 1,154 infections and 23 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours.
Better still, this fall is part of a context where the number of tests carried out has greatly increased, going so far as to cross the threshold of 30,000 samples four times in the last days.
But Quebec is far from having left the inn. The province is still dealing with a higher average number of infections than at any time during the first wave. In addition, remember that the curve of the second wave had already weakened for the first time in October, before starting again upwards again the day after Halloween.
Note also that mortality followed the opposite path of infections, the number of deaths having risen from 186 to 203 over the past seven days, up 9.1%.
For its part, Ontario remained the province with the highest number of new cases in the country in recent days, including a new high of 1,588 infections on Saturday. This is the highest number of positive tests identified in 24 hours since the start of the pandemic, all provinces combined.
Despite this record and a toll approaching Sunday with 1,534 cases and 14 deaths, Ontario saw its curve stagnate during the week. In fact, the province maintained an average of 1,414.7 cases per day, just 6.7 more than in the week of November 9 to 15.
Faced with little progress in the fight against VOID-19, the government of Doug Ford on Friday ordered a four-week lockdown and Toronto and the region of Peel that will go into effect on Monday. As a result, many Torontonians rushed to various businesses on Saturday and Sunday to stock up.
Elsewhere in the country, Manitoba has announced 243 new infections and 12 deaths, a toll down sharply from the records recorded in that province.
Nunavut, for its part, reported 21 more infections, for a total of 128.
Canada accumulated, Sunday at midday, a total of 2,952 new cases of COVID-19, in addition to 49 deaths, bringing the toll of the pandemic to 328,656 cases and 11,455 deaths.
Québec: 132,042 cases (6,829 deaths)
Ontario: 103,912 cases (3,486 deaths)
Alberta: 45,288 cases (471 deaths)
British Columbia: 25,474 cases (331 deaths) – Data from Friday
Manitoba: 13,544 cases (229 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 6,237 cases (33 deaths)
New Scotland: 1,168 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 424 cases (6 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 316 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 128 cases
Prince Edward Island: 68 cases
Yukon: 29 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 15 cases
Returned Canadians: 13 cases
Total: 328,656 cases (11,455 deaths)