Canada added 6,345 new infections of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, as the mass vaccination effort against the virus continued.
The country has now seen 474,820 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Health officials across Canada also said 106 more people have died after contracting COVID-19, pushing the total death toll to 13,659.
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The new cases and fatalities come as doses of a vaccine continue to be unpacked and thawed for use across the country.
The first doses of the Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were administered yesterday in Quebec and Ontario.
The initial shipment of 30,000 vaccines is being split between the provinces on a per-capita basis.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has secured 168,000 coronavirus vaccines from American biotechnology company Moderna that, pending regulatory approval, should arrive before the end of December.
“These doses are part of the guaranteed 40-million doses we have secured from Moderna,” he said. “Deliveries could begin within 48 hours of regulatory approval.”
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Trudeau said this moves Canada “even further forward on getting Canadians protected as quickly as possible.”
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He said the regulatory process for the Moderna vaccine candidate was “ongoing”.
“Once again, I want to assure Canadians that any vaccine approved in Canada will be both safe and effective,” he said.
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New cases in the provinces
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In Ontario, 2,248 new cases and 20 more deaths were reported on Tuesday.
The new figures bring the total number of cases in the province to 144,396 and the death toll at 3,992.
Meanwhile, in Quebec – Canada’s viral epicenter – 1,741 new infections have been detected, bringing the total number of cases to 167,276.
Provincial health officials have said another 38 people have died, bringing the total number of deaths in Quebec to 7,571.
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Manitoba added 271 new cases and nine new deaths on Tuesday.
Since the start of the pandemic, the province has seen 21 535 confirmed COVID-19 infections and 508 death.
Saskatchewan, meanwhile, added 194 new COVID-19 infections, pushing its total number of cases to 12,432. Seven other people have died after testing positive for the virus, officials said, bringing the provincial toll to 98.
Eight new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Atlantic Canada on Tuesday.
Nova Scotia has recorded six new cases of the virus, while health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick have each reported one new infection.
To date, Nova Scotia has seen 1426 cases, while Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick reported 359 and 559 respectively.
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The total number of cases in Prince Edward Island remained at 89.
None of the Maritime provinces, nor Newfoundland, reported any additional deaths.
Western Canada recorded more than 2,000 new cases of the virus on Tuesday.
Health officials in Alberta said 1,341 new infections had been identified and 11 more people had died. The new figures bring the province’s caseload to 83,327 and the death toll at 744.
Meanwhile, in British Columbia, 514 new infections were reported, bringing the total number of cases to 43,069. Officials also said 21 more people had died, bringing the death toll in British Columbia to 668.
The province has also reported eight new epidemiologically linked cases, which means they have yet to be confirmed by a laboratory.
New cases in the territories
Three other people in the country’s territories have contracted COVID-19, health officials said.
Nunavut reported two new cases, bringing the total number of infections in the region to 258. The territory has yet to see a death linked to the virus.
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The Northwest Territories added a new case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 22. So far, 15 people have recovered after contracting the disease.
No new cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in the Yukon, which means their total number of infections has remained at 59. Fifty-seven people have recovered after falling ill in the territory, and one person has died.
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Since the virus was first detected late last year, it has infected 73,365,192 people worldwide, according to a count from Johns Hopkins University.
As of 7:30 p.m. ET, the virus had killed 1,632,554 worldwide.
The United States remained the viral epicenter on Tuesday, with more than 16.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. To date, 303,292 people have died in the United States after testing positive for the virus.
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