Quebec accounted for more than half of the new COVID-19 contaminations in the country on Thursday, while the daily number of cases continues to increase nationwide.
By early afternoon, nearly 1,000 new cases were reported from coast to coast, including 582 in Quebec.
The trend, which does not seem to be reversed, to push the Minister of Health of the province, Christian Dubé, to ask Quebecers to avoid social contact over the next few days. As of Thursday, the province had 69,670 people infected and 5,810 deaths.
In Ontario, 409 new cases increased the toll to 48,496 COVID-19 cases and 2,836 deaths. The areas most affected are Toronto (151 cases), Ottawa (82) and Peel (46), according to Health Minister Christine Elliott.
In addition, the government of Doug Ford announced an investment of $ 1.07 billion to expand access to testing for COVID-19 and for contact tracing
“By increasing our daily screening capacity to 50,000 tests and closely monitoring our long-term care homes and schools, we can respond quickly to outbreaks and increases in the number of cases and stop the spread of this virus.” deadly, ”Prime Minister Ford said in a statement.
In addition, the screening strategy has been revised with the aim of reducing queues. Thus, to take a test, you must have symptoms of COVID-19, have been informed by the public health unit or by a notification from the COVID Alert application of exposure to a confirmed case of the virus.
For her part, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, reported that all provinces west of the Atlantic region are showing an increase in the incidence of COVID 19.
“According to the latest data, 12 health regions in four provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec) have an incidence rate of more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants,” she said.
“Our epidemiological analyzes and our modeling studies show that if the current rate of accelerated growth does not slow down, there will be a significant resurgence in these regions and probably in other regions of the country,” she said.
Thursday, in addition to the 9,245 deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic, Canada was quietly approaching the milestone of 150,000 contaminations.
“That's why I urge everyone to keep close contact as much as possible,” added Dr. Tam.
- Quebec: 69,670 cases (5,810 deaths)
- Ontario: 48,496 cases (2,835 deaths)
- Alberta: 17,032 cases (260 deaths)
- British Columbia: 8,395 cases (227 deaths)
- Saskatchewan: 1,830 cases (24 deaths)
- Manitoba: 1,674 cases (19 deaths)
- Nova Scotia: 1,087 cases (65 deaths)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 272 cases (3 deaths)
- New Brunswick: 199 cases (2 deaths)
- Prince Edward Island: 58 cases
- Yukon: 15 cases
- Northwest Territories: 5 cases
- Nunavut: 0 cases
- Canadian returnees: 13 cases
- Total: 148,746 cases (9,245 deaths)