The figures, which were released through updates from provincial health authorities across the country, bring the total of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada to 36,823.
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As of April 20, a total of 1,690 deaths were also linked to the virus while more than 12,500 people across the country have recovered.
Quebec and Ontario remained the highest, reporting both new cases and deaths.
Health officials in Quebec, the epicenter of the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada, announced 62 new virus-related deaths on Monday. The province now has a total of 19,319 confirmed cases and 939 deaths.
Premier of Quebec, François Legault, also called for more help for the province’s hard-hit long-term care facilities on Monday, as hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members and medical professionals attended. traveled to the province to help last weekend.
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“Our national emergency is what is happening in our CHSLDs, our residences,” said Legault.
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The province is now delaying all non-emergency care in hospitals to allow more health care workers to help homes for the aged.
Ontario also reported its largest single-day increase with 606 new virus cases on Monday. The new cases, which include an additional 31 deaths, bring the total number of infections in the province to 11,184.
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The increase, however, has come with new projections from health officials suggesting that the province has already peaked in the spread of cases in the community.
“Projections now show that the COVID-19 outbreak in Ontario is behaving more like the best of times,” said the report.
Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, dean of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, warned that although the spread of the virus in the community has peaked, cases in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in the province appeared to continue to grow.
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“In almost all regions [of the province] you can see this fairly pronounced flexing, which gives us some hope that we are starting to control the community spread of this disease, “said Brown, who revealed modeling at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Monday .
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Monday’s case update comes as the federal government plans to meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan, which will see 32 members meeting every Wednesday starting this week, was reached in agreement between the NDP, the Bloc Québécois and the Liberals. The Conservatives, however, opposed it.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also vowed to change national policies on how personal protective equipment (PPE) in the national stock will be handled after its expiration date.
The promise came amid news of more than two million N95 respirators and thousands of other PPEs thrown away in 2019 because they were out of date five years earlier.
– With files from Canadian Press and Global News reporter Amanda Connolly, Kalina Laframbroise and Gabby Rodrigues.
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