As predicted by health officials, the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths increased in Quebec and Ontario on Tuesday after weeks of continued increases in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Once again, Quebec led the way in Canada with the highest number of infections, with 799 more patients in 24 hours. For its part, the number of new infections fell to 554 in Ontario, after the record of 700 cases posted on Monday.
These two provinces, however, announced 11 deaths – 7 in Quebec and 4 in Ontario -, much more than the two deaths deplored the day before.
More and more beds occupied
The number of hospitalizations is also constantly increasing on both sides of the Ottawa River. In Quebec, 247 beds are now occupied by patients with COVID-19, including 41 who are in intensive care. The number of inpatients jumped 38.8% in the past week, while the number of intensive care beds rose 36.7%.
Ontario is no exception to this trend with 137 people infected with the coronavirus in hospital, a number up 55.7%. Of those, 30 are in intensive care, a 25% jump in one week.
Health authorities, both provincial and federal, have repeatedly said in recent weeks that the second wave currently sweeping the center of the country would take some time to manifest in hospitals and in death records.
After Quebec, which announced drastic containment measures Monday evening in an attempt to reverse the trend, Ontario indicated on Tuesday that senior care centers will no longer accept visitors as of October 5, especially in Greater Toronto and Ottawa. In addition, the government of Doug Ford has released a sum of $ 540 million to help long-term care centers.
Elsewhere in the country, the situation remained stable in Manitoba, with 34 new cases.
The Atlantic provinces reported only one infection, that of a worker in his twenties in Prince Edward Island. The island province also unveiled on Tuesday an alert system based on colors reminiscent of the one used in Quebec and Manitoba.
A total of 1,388 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the country by midday, while 11 deaths were reported, bringing the toll of the pandemic to 156,689 people, including 9,289 who lost their lives after contracting the virus.
The situation in Canada:
Quebec: 73,450 cases (5,833 deaths)
Ontario: 51,085 cases (2,844 deaths)
Alberta: 17,749 cases (265 deaths)
British Columbia: 8,908 cases (233 deaths)
Manitoba: 1953 cases (20 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 1892 cases (24 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,087 cases (65 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 273 cases (3 deaths)
New Brunswick: 200 cases (2 deaths)
Prince Edward Island: 59 cases
Yukon: 15 cases
Northwest Territories: 5 cases
Nunavut: 0 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 156,689 cases (9,289 deaths)