Despite a mess that added hundreds of cases to the data at the start of the week and several days with results in the four figures, Quebec seems to have reached the top of the second wave and is even witnessing a slight decrease in the number of cases of COVID-19.
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Public health said on Sunday that it had identified 1,094 new SARS-CoV-2 infections, while six deaths were added to the Quebec toll.
In doing so, La Belle Province has accumulated 7,220 positive tests during the last week, from October 12 to 18 inclusively, for an average of 1,031.4 patients per day. This is a drop of 6.4% in the number of contaminations identified per day, compared to the previous week.
After weeks of dizzying increases, Quebec therefore seems to have indeed reached a plateau at the top of the second wave. The fact remains that the next few days will be crucial in determining whether the number of infections will begin to decline, or whether it will regain strength.
Ontario, too, hit a plateau during the week with a total of 5,282 cases in seven days, including 658 infections and five deaths reported on Sunday. This represents an average of 747.3 positive tests per day, up 6% from the week of October 5 to 11.
Far from being finished
While these data may be encouraging, it should be noted that the number of hospitalizations continued to climb during the week in the two most affected provinces in the country, including in intensive care.
Quebec has passed the mark of 500 people with COVID-19 in hospital in recent days, including 88 people in intensive care, while Ontario remains around 250 people hospitalized, including 70 in intensive care.
The number of reported deaths also increased in these two provinces from one week to the next, from 75 to 85 in Quebec and from 30 to 41 in Ontario.
Elsewhere in the country, the resurgence of the pandemic observed for two weeks in New Brunswick claimed the life of one person on Sunday. This is the third death to be announced in this province since the start of the pandemic.
In the Prairies, Manitoba remained one of the worst affected provinces per capita – behind Quebec – with 44 new patients and two deaths, while Saskatchewan saw a decline in the number of cases with just 24.
Call for unity
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr.re Theresa Tam, took the opportunity Sunday to call on Canadians to unity, despite the fatigue that is felt in the population vis-à-vis the containment and social distancing measures.
“Our challenge, now and in the future, is to stay united in our efforts to get Canada back on track,” pleaded Dr.re Tam arguing that Canadians must continue to make efforts and sacrifices to “bring the number of COVID-19 cases down to a manageable level”
“Public health will not do it alone. Everyone needs to get involved, from essential workers and volunteers to businesses, workplaces and ordinary citizens across Canada, ”she said.
Canada accumulated 1,827 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, for a total of 198,148 cases to date. Fourteen deaths have also been added, for a total of 9,758 Canadians who have lost their lives to date while carrying the virus. The reports for Alberta and British Columbia, however, were not updated over the weekend, as usual.
The situation in Canada
- Quebec: 93,391 cases (6,038 deaths)
- Ontario: 64,371 cases (3,046 deaths)
- Alberta: 21,775 cases (288 deaths)
- British Columbia: 11,189 cases (251 deaths)
- Manitoba: 3,302 cases (38 deaths)
- Saskatchewan: 2,330 cases (25 deaths)
- Nova Scotia: 1,097 cases (65 deaths)
- New Brunswick: 310 cases (3 deaths)
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 287 cases (4 deaths)
- Prince Edward Island: 63 cases
- Yukon: 15 cases
- Northwest Territories: 5 cases
- Nunavut: 0 cases
- Canadian returnees: 13 cases
- Total: 198,148 cases (9,758 deaths)