Canada adds 285 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, most in Ontario and Quebec – National


The national count of COVID-19 cases increased by at least 285 on Saturday, and six more deaths have been attributed to the disease.Since January, 116,551 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Canada. Across the country, 8,941 people have died from the disease, according to figures provided by provincial governments.

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More than 101,000 people have recovered from the virus and 4.7 million tests have been carried out across the country.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, urged Canadians to stay active to protect their physical health and mental well-being as the pandemic continues.

“Summer is a great time to be active in low risk environments like parks and trails; individual activities such as cycling and jogging; and low contact sports like golf and tennis, ”she said in a statement on Saturday.

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“Wherever you enjoy the outdoors of Canadians, limit yourself to a small, cohesive social circle and be aware of the potential risks of exposure in shared facilities or in places where people may congregate. Plan ahead and take precautions whenever you are in a high-risk 3-C situation (closed spaces, crowded places, or in close contact). “

The number of new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday is significantly lower than the daily national numbers reported earlier this week, but only seven provinces – and none of the territories – release new coronavirus data on the weekend.

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Quebec, where the crisis hit the hardest, approached 60,000 cases on Saturday, with the announcement of 146 additional diagnoses. The new cases bring the provincial total to 59,458. There have been no new deaths, but the province announced four previously unreported deaths that occurred before July 24.

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On Saturday, 5,678 Quebeckers lost their lives to the coronavirus pandemic, more than double the number of deaths in Ontario.

That province added 124 cases on Saturday, as well as two deaths. Overall, 39,333 people in Ontario have been diagnosed and 2,777 of the coronavirus cases in Ontario have been fatal.

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Saskatchewan added 15 new cases to its total on Saturday, for a total of 1,334 in total, as well as 18 deaths.

Manitoba has recorded less than a third of the cases reported in Saskatchewan. The province’s total laboratory-confirmed diagnoses stand at 401. Manitoba announced two more cases on Saturday, but they are yet to be reflected in Global News’s tally – which only includes laboratory-confirmed cases – because the province did not say whether they are confirmed by testing or considered presumptive.

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No cases have been reported in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Newfoundland and Labrador – the only other provinces that released updates on Saturday.

On Friday, British Columbia recorded 3,609 diagnoses – plus 32 cases not confirmed by testing but considered epidemiologically linked – and 195 deaths.

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Alberta had significantly more cases with 10,843 cases, although it had proportionally much fewer casualties, at 196.

Prince Edward Island has had 36 cases, all of which have recovered, according to provincial health data.

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According to data as of Friday, all but three of the 14 confirmed cases in the Yukon have recovered. All five cases in the Northwest Territories have recovered and no cases have been diagnosed in Nunavut.

All over the world, and particularly in the United States, the virus continues to spread rapidly. A continuous tally from Johns Hopkins University shows that nearly 17.1 million people have been diagnosed and 681,000 people have died from the disease worldwide.

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that the effects of the pandemic would be felt in the years to come.

“The pandemic is a once-in-a-century health crisis, the effects of which will be felt for decades to come,” Tedros said at a meeting of the WHO emergency committee, according to remarks released by the agency.

: With a Reuters file

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