Canada adds 491 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths on Friday – National


The number of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases in Canada rose to 491 on Friday, and health officials announced the pandemic had killed six more.As of Friday afternoon, 116,266 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in Canada. Across the country, 8,935 people have died of the disease, according to figures provided by provincial governments

About 87% of those infected have recovered and 4.6 million tests have been performed.

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Also on Friday, federal officials released a new app they believe could help fight the spread of the virus.

The COVID Alert app notifies a user when they have been in close contact with another user who has tested positive for the virus. The government describes it as an exposure notification app, not a contact tracing app because it doesn’t track personal data.

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“This application is not a substitute for contact tracing – an essential public health function. Contact tracing will continue to be performed manually by local public health authorities, ”the government said in a statement.

So far, the app has only been launched in Ontario as it is undergoing testing.

British Columbia saw a significant increase in new coronavirus cases on Friday. The province added one new death and 45 laboratory-confirmed cases on Friday, along with five other diagnoses considered epidemiologically linked.

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Overall, 195 people in British Columbia have died from the coronavirus, and there are 3,609 confirmed cases, plus 32 cases linked to the spike.

Alberta’s death toll rose by one on Friday, officials said. There were 127 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 10,843. Overall, 196 Albertans have died from COVID-19.

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Saskatchewan has added 14 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total to 1,319. The number of people who have recovered from the infection now exceeds 1,000. A total of 18 deaths have occurred in the province.

In Manitoba, six new cases have been reported for a total of 401 laboratory-confirmed infections. Fourteen other cases are considered probable. The death toll in the province is eight.

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Ontario reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths on Friday. The province has recorded a total of 39,209 cases and 2,775 virus-related deaths.

The total number of cases in Quebec increased from 181 to 59,312 on Friday, although only 169 of those cases are newly diagnosed. The remainder reflects a correction the province made to data released Thursday.

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The death toll stands at 5,674 after an additional death was announced on Friday.

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In Atlantic Canada, only one province has reported new cases – Nova Scotia. The diagnoses in that province rose by two on Friday to a total of 1,069. Sixty-four people have died from the virus.

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In Prince Edward Island, the number of cases stands at 36 according to the province’s last update on Tuesday. In Newfoundland and Labrador, 266 people have been diagnosed and three people have died. New Brunswick has recorded 170 cases of the coronavirus in total, as well as two deaths.

The territories also reported no new cases. All but three of the 14 confirmed cases in the Yukon have recovered, according to the latest update on Thursday. All five cases in the Northwest Territories have recovered and no cases have been diagnosed in Nunavut.

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All over the world, the number of cases continues to increase. According to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University, 17.4 million people have been diagnosed and 675,545 people have died of the disease.

– With files from Katie Dangerfield, Global News

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