It is now done. Two hundred and forty days after the confirmation of a first case of COVID-19 on Quebec soil, at the end of February, the Belle Province officially passed the milestone of 100,000 infections on Sunday morning.
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Public health has identified, in the past 24 hours, 879 positive tests for the coronavirus, narrowly passing the symbolic mark with a total of 100,114 patients to date. Eleven deaths were also added to the toll, for a total of 6,143 Quebecers who lost their lives after contracting the virus.
The passage of the milestone of 100,000 cases in Quebec had become a formality, in view of the unprecedented accumulation of cases in recent weeks.
Despite reaching this unenviable mark, Quebec can take comfort in telling itself that the growth in the number of cases per day is well and truly over. During the past week (October 19 to 25), the Belle Province maintained an average of 972.7 infections per day, a slight decrease of 4.6% compared to the 1019.9 cases recorded on average daily during from the previous week (October 12 to 18).
Record in Ontario
The pandemic has not slowed down in Ontario either. The neighbor of Quebec set a new record on Sunday by revealing a first assessment in the four figures totaling 1042 contaminations, at the same time crossing the threshold of 70,000 positive tests to date. Seven deaths were also added in the most populous province in Canada.
Unlike Quebec, Ontario has seen the number of new cases continue to climb, maintaining an average of 857.4 infections per day over the past week. This is an increase of 14.7% from the previous week.
In presenting its report of the day in a press release, the Ontario government hinted that further restrictions could be imposed if the trend does not reverse soon.
More and more deaths
Contrary to the trend in the number of cases, Quebec has shown growth in the number of deaths with 105 people losing their lives in the past week. This is an increase of 23.5% from the previous week.
Ontario, for its part, has seen a growth rate of deaths almost identical to that of cases. The province suffered 47 fatalities, six more than the previous week, representing an increase of 14.6%.
“Given that hospitalizations and deaths tend to occur one to several weeks after the increased transmission of the disease, it is concerning that we have yet to experience the extent of the severe impact associated with the continuous increase in the transmission of COVID-19, ”said the administrator of public health of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, in a press release.
Other provinces are suffering
In addition to the two provinces most affected by the crisis, Manitoba has also suffered greatly from the horrors of the coronavirus. On Sunday, the province reported 163 new infections, as well as four deaths, numbers that come close to records in the province.
The Prairie province, almost untouched by the virus in the spring, is grappling with a serious outbreak of COVID-19 in this second wave. Manitoba now has reports that place the province among those most seriously affected by the virus in the country, behind Quebec.
Another province spared in the spring, New Brunswick continued to suffer the effects of the second wave by announcing two cases and its fifth and sixth deaths.
“This news is heartbreaking and reminds us that we must do everything to slow the spread of the virus,” said Premier Blaine Higgs.
Canada accumulated 2,144 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, for a total of 219,104 cases to date. Twenty-four deaths were added to the 9,946 Canadians who lost their lives while carrying the virus.
As usual, these data do not include balance sheets for British Columbia and Alberta, as these provinces do not update their figures on weekends.
The situation in Canada
- Quebec: 100,114 cases (6,143 deaths)
- Ontario: 70,373 cases (3,093 deaths)
- Alberta: 24,261 cases (300 deaths)
- British Columbia: 12,554 cases (256 deaths)
- Manitoba: 4,249 cases (54 deaths)
- Saskatchewan: 2,729 cases (25 deaths)
- Nova Scotia: 1,100 cases (65 deaths)
- New Brunswick: 328 cases (6 deaths)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 290 cases (4 deaths)
- Prince Edward Island: 64 cases
- Yukon: 20 cases
- Northwest Territories: 9 cases
- Nunavut: 0 cases
- Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 216,104 cases (9,946 deaths)