Canada reported an additional 6,346 new coronavirus infections on Saturday as several provinces overcame new cases and deaths during the second wave of the pandemic.
The new figures, which include a further 93 viral deaths, bring the country’s total number of cases to 408,569 and the number of deaths to 12,589. Since then, 324,800 patients have recovered and more than 15,283,000 tests have been performed.
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Saturday’s figures provide a limited snapshot of the virus in Canada. Provinces such as PEI and British Columbia, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories, do not report new case data over the weekend.
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, hospitalizations and deaths also continue to affect communities across the country.
The country’s chief doctor said Canada still had a “long way to go” to fight the virus, despite plans to introduce the vaccine in the new year.
“All this time, Canadians have sacrificed, and despite the long way to go, there is some good news on the horizon,” Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health spokeswoman, said in a statement on Saturday.
For the first time since the pandemic began, Quebec reported more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19
“Initial supply of vaccines is expected to be available in early 2021, and although supply will be limited in the beginning, Canada is well placed to ensure that all Canadians have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines.”
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He noted the logistical and operational problems with the distribution of the vaccine and reiterated that “all and all” vaccines approved by Health and Canada would meet the highest standards of safety and efficacy.
According to the latest epidemiological data, an average of 6,168 new cases were diagnosed every day from 27 November to 3 December, and 7.4 per cent of the 74,596 daily tests were positive. An average of 87 virus-related deaths per day were also reported during the same period.
“The latest long-term forecast using the Simon Fraser University model predicts that, continuing the current trajectory, there could be 10,000 cases every day until January,” warned Tams, who also noted the burdensome impact of the virus. both for high-risk residents and health care workers in the country.
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Quebec added more than 2,000 new cases of the virus for the first time on Saturday, and health officials reported 2,031 confirmed infections in their latest update. A further 48 virus-related deaths were also reported in the province, of which only 11 occurred in the last 24 hours.
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Health officials in the province said the high number of cases had increased, however, as several cases identified the day before were not reported during Friday’s census. To date, the province has a total of 149,908 cases and 7,231 victims.
Both Ontario and Alberta recorded a record number of cases on Saturday.
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Alberta provincial authorities added 1879 new cases. The figures, which included six more deaths, totaled 66,730 provinces.
Ontario, on the other hand, reported an additional 1,859 cases, bringing the total number of infections to 125,385. The new cases are the single highest increase in new COVID-19 infections since 1855, reported on November 27. Another 20 deaths were added by the province, and the number of victims in Ontario reached 3,757.
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Manitoba also set a new record on Saturday as authorities confirmed 19 additional deaths due to the virus. According to Saturday’s announcement, the number of victims in the province is now 381, and the number of cases is 18,423. Saskatchewan added 203 new cases on Saturday and there are no new deaths.
In Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick added two more cases, Nova Scotia six and Newfoundland and Labrador four more. Nunavut, which lifted the blockade of COVID-19 everywhere except this week’s hotspot Arviat, posted eight more cases on Saturday.
Cases of the new coronavirus continue to spread worldwide, with more than 66,442,000 infections reported to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. In total, 1,526,000 deaths have been linked to the virus, with the United States, Brazil and India continuing to cause both infections and deaths.
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