Canada adds more than 5,000 new COVID-19 infections for first time since January – National

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Canada adds more than 5,000 new COVID-19 infections for first time since January - National


Persistent public health warnings that Canada could see a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appeared to bear fruit on Thursday, as the country’s daily number of cases climbed back to early winter levels.
The 5,193 new coronavirus infections reported on Thursday marked the first time since the end of January that more than 5,000 cases have been added in 24 hours.

Last week saw two days when the daily tally exceeded 4,000 cases for the first time since early February. Those higher numbers brought the seven-day average to 3,876 – a steady increase from the average of 2,900 cases seen just three weeks ago.

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To date, Canada has recorded a total of 951,568 infections, but 889,361 of these have since recovered.

The national death toll now stands at 22,790, after 31 new deaths were reported on Thursday.

The rise in cases comes as Canada takes another milestone in its vaccination campaign. More than 4.5 million doses have been administered across the country, meaning that more than 10% of the population aged 18 and over has received at least one dose.

Dr Howard Njoo, deputy director of public health, warned at a press conference Thursday that these numbers are not enough to stop the spread, as more transmissible variants continue to pose a “significant threat” until that more people are vaccinated.

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In a statement Thursday, Canada’s top doctor, Dr. Theresa Tam, echoed Njoo’s warning.

“Amid the growing number of cases, changing trends in severity and an increasing proportion of cases involving variants of concern in high-impact areas of Canada, we must remain vigilant,” she said.

“Maintaining public health measures and personal precautions is essential to reduce infection rates and prevent the spread of new variants where accelerated epidemic growth can take off very quickly.”

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Supply Minister Anita Anand confirmed Thursday evening that Canada is due to receive 3.2 million doses of the vaccine next week – including a delayed shipment of nearly 600,000 doses of Moderna due to arrive this weekend.

Next week will also see the arrival of the 1.5 million excess doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine that the United States is giving to Canada as part of a sharing agreement. Canada will have to repay the favor at a later date under the agreement.

These and other doses of AstraZeneca will see updated vial labels from Health Canada warning of possible blood clotting.

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Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser to the federal ministry, said three cases of blood clotting have been reported in 300,000 Canadians who have received at least one dose, but none appear to be related to the vaccine.

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Sharma said she agreed with European health authorities that the benefits of the vaccine outweighed any potential risks and that the four vaccines approved for use in Canada are considered safe.

Cases increasing in provinces

Ontario reported its highest number of daily cases in months with 2,380 new infections and 17 more deaths, but officials noted that number was inflated due to a catch-up in data.

In Quebec, 945 other cases and four new deaths have been added.


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Atlantic Canada has seen a total of 34 new infections, including 30 in New Brunswick alone.

The province imposed new circuit breaker measures on Thursday in a bid to contain an outbreak of the infection in the northwest of the province, which has been the source of past outbreaks.

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Nova Scotia added two more cases and one more positive test result was announced in Prince Edward Island.

None of the Maritime provinces or Newfoundland and Labrador recorded any new deaths.

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In the Prairie provinces, Saskatchewan has recorded 168 new cases and two deaths, while Manitoba has reported 111 cases and one death.

Alberta health officials have reported an additional 764 cases and three deaths. Twenty-one percent of active cases were variants of concern.

British Columbia has recorded 800 more cases – the highest total in that province since the start of December – and five more deaths.

The territories saw only two new cases on Thursday, both in the Yukon. No other active cases remain there, while all cases in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are resolved.


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Global cases are also increasing

Worldwide, more than 125.3 million COVID-19 infections have been confirmed to date, while 2.75 million people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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The United States continues to dominate the world in terms of cases and deaths, with more than 30 million infections and more than 546,000 deaths.

Several countries are seeing new outbreaks as winter gives way to spring – the most alarming in Brazil, which surpassed a record 100,000 new cases in a single day on Thursday.

—With files from the Canadian Press

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