Canada Adds 630 New Coronavirus Cases As Global Total Rises To 28 Million – National


Canada added 630 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, continuing an upward trend as schools fully reopen to students across the country.Aside from Wednesday, the country has now reported more than 600 new cases per day for a full week, a feat not seen since early June.

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Eight new deaths were also reported Thursday – five of them in Alberta – bringing the death toll to 9,163. To date, there have been a total of 134,827 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, including 118,990 have fully recovered.

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British Columbia reported a new record for daily cases of 139 on Thursday, although no new deaths have occurred since Wednesday. There have now been 6,733 confirmed cases and 213 deaths, while a further 97 cases are considered “epidemiologically linked”.

The province – once seen as a success in managing the pandemic – continues to see a worrying growth in cases that started in August, which has resulted in further restrictions on some businesses.

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Alberta has announced 113 new cases and five deaths, including a man in his 20s – the second time such a young patient has died in the province. These deaths bring the death toll to 253, out of a total of 15,304 cases.

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Saskatchewan and Manitoba reported six and 15 new cases, respectively, with no new deaths in either province. Saskatchewan has recorded 1,676 cases and 24 deaths to date, while Manitoba’s total now stands at 1,378 cases and 16 deaths.

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Ontario saw an increase of 170 cases on Thursday and one new death, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 43,855 and 2,814 deaths. Thursday marked the 15th day in a row with daily case counts surpassing the 100 mark, after a brief, slightly lower period.

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The highest tally of new cases was again in Quebec, with 188 cases – still well below the peak of the pandemic, but above the slight increase in cases between July and August. Two new deaths were also announced, bringing the death toll to 5,773, out of a total of 64,244 cases.

Finally, New Brunswick has reported another new case, bringing its total to 193 with two deaths to date.

None of the other Atlantic provinces or the three territories reported new cases on Thursday.

Students across Canada will be back in class by the end of this week, causing some officials to worry about a further increase in cases. Some provinces that have seen classes resume have announced cases in schools, including Quebec and Alberta.

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Canada’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Theresa Tam, said it was “inevitable” that more cases would be seen as classroom learning continues.

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On Thursday, the governor of the Bank of Canada said, as the country’s economy showed signs of recovery, progress could be threatened by a slower rebound for women, youth and low-wage workers.

Tiff Macklem told the Canadian Chamber of Commerce that women and young people are more likely to be permanently laid off due to the pandemic. People on permanent layoff take on average twice as long to return to work as people on temporary layoffs, Macklem says, potentially hurting their job prospects in the long run and reducing long-term employment opportunities. youth income.

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The pandemic continues to wreak havoc around the rest of the world, forcing many countries into recession and contributing to the biggest economic recession since the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Globally, just over 28 million people have been infected with COVID-19, of which more than 906,000 have died, according to public health data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The United States remains the hardest-hit country in the world with more than 6.3 million cases and 191,000 deaths. India recently overtook Brazil to become the second most infected country. The two countries have more than 4 million cases, although the death toll in Brazil far exceeds that of India, with 129,000 deaths for just over 75,000.

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– With files from the Canadian Press

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