Canada is now adding new coronavirus infections at a rate more than three times the rate seen during the pandemic’s first peak in May, new data reveals, as the country ends a particularly brutal month of surge in cases and deaths.
The country recorded 6,103 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, after the daily count edged closer to 6,000 throughout the previous week.
But the weekend data reported by British Columbia on Monday also pushed the daily totals for Saturday and Sunday even further beyond that threshold. Saturday marked a new daily record of 6,488 infections, while Sunday reported 6,195 more.
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These cases now bring the national total to 377,806 cases since the start of the pandemic. Of these, 299,972 are considered cured, while 2,545 other patients are currently hospitalized.
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The death toll in Canada also rose to 12,130 after 66 new deaths were reported on Monday. Another 32 deaths over the weekend in British Columbia added to the total.
November was a particularly disappointing month for the pandemic, as cases and deaths continued to rise despite new restrictions and other efforts by public health officials.
About 140,000 people have tested positive in the past 30 days, nearly double the number of new cases in October. It took from the start of the pandemic to mid-September for the country to confirm its first 140,000 cases.
Nearly 2,000 people also died from complications from COVID-19 in November. While not as deadly as the first peak in spring, when around 150 people died each day, deaths have steadily increased with infections.
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The federal government closed the month by providing an update on the country’s economy, which set the current deficit forecast at $ 382 billion this fiscal year and confirmed the government’s plan to release an official budget for the year. next.
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada’s economic recovery is unlikely to begin until “deep into 2021”, but few details on how that recovery will be achieved were revealed on Monday.
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Freeland told the House of Commons that the federal deficit is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2026, due to large planned spending on social programs and continued economic restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
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Meanwhile, health officials are urging everyone to do their part and abide by these restrictions next year, as Canada and the rest of the world eagerly await the arrival of a vaccine.
“As with our last effort to bend the curve, and even more so now, it will not be a quick fix but a test of our resolve and endurance,” said Canada’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam, in a press release.
“While now is not the time to come together, we can take comfort in knowing that the sacrifices we make today are for our future.
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Ontario and Quebec, which have each reported more than 1,000 cases a day for weeks, reported 1,746 and 1,333 new infections on Monday, respectively. Quebec also reported 23 new deaths, while officials said eight more people had died in Ontario since Sunday.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba have each reported more than 300 new cases. Thirteen other deaths have also been announced in the two Prairie provinces, including two in Saskatchewan and 11 in Manitoba.
Alberta nearly matched Ontario’s daily number of cases with 1,733 new infections, setting a new daily record, as well as eight more deaths. The province continues to lead the country in active cases, with officials warning that hospitals are being pushed to their limits.
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In British Columbia, 596 new cases and 14 more deaths were reported on Monday, while authorities also revealed more than 700 new cases were added on Saturday and Sunday. Another 277 historical cases from early November have also been added.
In Atlantic Canada, six new cases were reported in New Brunswick, while Nova Scotia announced that 16 more people had tested positive.
A new case has also been reported in Newfoundland and Labrador, which on Monday further tightened its border to travelers after leaving the Atlantic tourism bubble last week. Starting Tuesday, all essential travelers will be required to submit a form and obtain a reference number to show border officials upon arrival.
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Two of the three territories also saw new cases on Monday, with Yukon adding one and Nunavut reporting four.
Nunavut plans to lift its two-week lockdown on Wednesday, as the number of active cases finally began to decline after an explosion of cases this month.
The pandemic has now infected more than 63.1 million people worldwide and killed more than 1.46 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
– With files from Amanda Connolly from Global
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