COVID-19: record cases in Toronto and record hospitalizations in Ontario

No less than 622 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the past 24 hours in Toronto, a record for a city in this province since the start of the pandemic, while the number of hospitalized patients in Ontario has peaked.

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The most populous province in the country announced on Monday that it had identified 1,746 infections in 24 hours, including 622 in the Queen City which reached this mark exactly one week after starting full containment, which forced the closure of the vast majority of businesses. .

This is a record for a city in Ontario, but not in Canada. Calgary (648 cases announced Nov. 27) and Edmonton (803 cases announced Nov. 27), Alberta, both have had worst days since the start of the pandemic.

The region of Peel, which notably covers the cities of Mississauga and Brampton on the outskirts of Toronto and which is also in lockdown, had broken its own record from its Thursday with 572 cases, but since then that number has gradually dropped back to 390. case Monday.

Despite a sharp drop in the number of deaths with eight reported deaths, the continuing growing number of cases in the province is of concern in hospitals. As of Monday, no less than 618 beds were occupied in hospitals in Ontario, including 168 in intensive care. These are two records and the first time the province has exceeded 600 hospitalizations.

That said, although Ontario has posted a greater number of cases per day for nearly a month than Quebec, the Belle Province continues to accumulate a greater number of infected patients with 693 beds occupied in its hospitals. However, only 94 patients were in intensive care on Monday.

In addition, Quebec has hardly improved its record by revealing 1,333 more cases and 23 deaths, figures that continue to keep Quebecers away from a chance to celebrate Christmas with their family.

Record in Alberta

For its part, Alberta came close to only 13 cases in Ontario’s toll, despite a population three times smaller.

The main Prairie province, dragged for weeks in a dizzying rise in its epidemiological curve, has crossed a new mark by announcing 1,733 infections and eight deaths, two more cases than its previous record set on Saturday

A little further west, British Columbia announced that it had accumulated 2,354 positive tests over the past three days, in addition to having 46 deaths. It was the worst weekend in terms of fatalities in the Pacific province.

“If you think it’s OK to play with the rules, remember that this virus costs lives and that it is the lives of our loved ones that are most at risk when we take risks”, s’ the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Bonnie Henry, is moved.

Status quo in the Maritimes

Elsewhere in the country, the pandemic showed little sign of abating. In the Maritimes, Nova Scotia remained the most affected province with 16 new cases, while New Brunswick has passed the 500 infection milestone to date.

Canada has accumulated, Monday, 7,861 contaminations and 98 more deaths, for a total of 378,137 cases and 12,130 deaths to date.

The situation in Canada:

Quebec: 142,371 cases (7,056 deaths)

Ontario: 116,492 cases (3,656 deaths)

Alberta: 58,177 cases (541 deaths)

British Columbia: 33,238 cases (441 deaths)

Manitoba: 16,825 cases (312 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 8,564 cases (47 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 1,305 cases (65 deaths)

New Brunswick: 501 cases (7 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 338 cases (4 deaths)

Nunavut: 181 cases

Prince Edward Island: 72 cases

Yukon: 47 cases (1 death)

Northwest Territories: 15 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 378,139 cases (12,130 deaths)

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