The new coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of 31 more people in Canada, but this number represents the lowest daily toll in two months.
Monday also saw only 759 new infections confirmed in only five provinces – almost matching the number of new Sunday cases and marking a full week with numbers less than 1,000.
Canada has now seen 91,694 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Of this number, 7,326 people died and 49,739 patients have since recovered from the disease.
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On the last day, the country had as low a death toll as Monday, April 2, when 27 people died. The number of new deaths has trended downward since Saturday, after weeks that saw an average of 100 or more people die every day.
While the number of new cases has been trending down since the start of May, last week saw a steeper drop since May 26, when less than 1,000 infections were confirmed for the first time since March 29.
On Monday, Ontario, with 404 new cases, surpassed Quebec’s total of 295. The last time this was March 22.
However, the two provinces recorded their lowest number of deaths in weeks: Quebec recorded 20 additional deaths, while in Ontario, 10 people died in the last 24 hours.
Nova Scotia was the only province in Atlantic Canada to report cases on Monday, and saw only one new infection.
In the west, Alberta has announced another 34 cases, while British Columbia has registered 24 new cases – representing numbers in the past 48 hours – and one additional death. Saskatchewan has also reported a new case while announcing that one previously reported case returned negative after retesting.
Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick have not reported any new cases after experiencing increases in recent days. Prince Edward Island and the three northern territories were left without new cases for several weeks.
Each province and territory has now relaxed some physical distance and economic shutdown measures to reopen businesses and public spaces.
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The federal government is now considering contact tracing and supporting municipalities and provinces. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Ottawa is injecting $ 2.2 billion in planned infrastructure funding for Canadian cities.
Worldwide, the coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 6.25 million people and killed more than 375,000 people. The United States remains the country with the most confirmed cases, at 1.8 million, while its death toll of 105,000 is also the highest in the world.
Canada is currently the 14th most infected country in the world based solely on the number of confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
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