As of Tuesday, there were only 2,506 new infections across the country. The last time cases were this low was on March 1, when cases stabilized between the second winter wave and the third outbreak in the spring.
That number also marks a 72% drop from the historic high of 9,564 new cases reported on April 15.
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Victoria Day weekend saw a steady drop in infections compared to the end of last week. After 4,000 new cases reported on Saturday, the daily tally fell to 3,740 on Sunday and 3,149 on Bank Holiday Monday.
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Experts have warned that Canada could see yet another resurgence of COVID-19 similar to past holidays, however, thanks to increased gatherings and “pandemic fatigue”.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said on Tuesday the average number of new cases over the past week was around 5,000 per day, down 40% from the peak of mid-April.
The past four days have lowered that average even further, to just 3,910 cases per day since last Wednesday – a drop of 55% from the April high.
Hospitalizations were down by more than a third from that peak, to around 2,700. Tam said intensive care patients were down 10% to 1,300 last Friday.
Yet Canadians are still dying from COVID-19 by the dozens, despite an approximately 15% drop in deaths in the past two weeks, with hospitalizations also dropping.
Fifty-one new deaths were reported on Tuesday, while last week saw an average of 44 deaths per day.
The lower number of cases in Canada is due to falling infections in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta, all of the provinces that set new records in their respective third waves.
However, new growths and clusters in Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador complicate the picture.
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More than 1,200 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Manitoba over the long weekend, giving the province the unfortunate distinction of having the highest rate of new infections in North America. 259 additional new cases were reported there on Tuesday, along with two more deaths.
Trudeau said on Tuesday that Ottawa would send federal workers to Manitoba and was also talking to the Canadian Red Cross about further help from them, responding to an official request from the province for federal help.
In Newfoundland, authorities are investigating whether variant B. 1.617.2 first detected in India is behind a new cluster of 44 confirmed and suspected cases in the central region, including 11 newly reported Tuesday.
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Imminent reopening in other provinces
In most other provinces, officials are increasingly comfortable discussing their plans to reopen as infections plummet and vaccinations continue to advance.
British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry unveiled a four-step reopening plan on Tuesday that began immediately, including allowing people to socialize with up to 10 people outdoors and up to to five people from another household inside.
But she said the reopening, which will allow spectatorless indoor sports in mid-June, and lift most restrictions by September, will be “flexible” depending on what happens on the pitch.
The province reported 289 new infections on Tuesday and one new death.
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Ontario reported 1,039 cases on Tuesday, its lowest daily report since early March, but 33 more deaths were also announced.
The province eased some restrictions over the weekend, opening outdoor sports facilities like golf, tennis and skate parks, and allowing people to congregate with up to five people outdoors. .
Quebec recorded its lowest number of new cases on Tuesday since September, confirming 346 new cases of COVID-19 and six other deaths.
Quebec lifts all curfews in the province on Friday, and Premier François Legault said he expected the 10 remaining regions still in a red-coded health order to turn orange by June 7.
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Starting Sunday in Saskatchewan, gatherings will increase in size, restaurants and bars can open with limited capacity, and group fitness classes can resume as part of the first phase of the province’s plan to reopen.
Restrictions on outdoor sports will also be relaxed in the province, which reported 111 new infections and no new deaths on Tuesday.
Albertans will learn more about that province’s reopening strategy on Wednesday, as the number of cases fell from its peak earlier this month.
The province, which previously had the highest infection rate in North America, reported 387 new cases and nine more deaths on Tuesday.
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In the Maritimes, New Brunswick has reported nine more cases and Nova Scotia – which had its own peak of more than 100 daily cases earlier this month – has announced 54. Both provinces are slow to announce their own plans to reopen until infections subside further.
Prince Edward Island, which recorded no new cases on Tuesday, is expected to unveil its roadmap for reopening on Thursday.
In the northern territories, only Nunavut has reported a single case with no new deaths. Restrictions are starting to be lifted in that territory, while the Yukon on Tuesday began allowing gatherings for up to 200 people – indoors and outdoors.
Vaccinations continue to climb
As of Tuesday evening, more than 52% of the Canadian population had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to COVID-19 Tracker Canada. Almost 1.7 million people across the country have been fully immunized with two doses.
The territories have the highest vaccination rates in the country, with more than 70% of residents having received at least one vaccine.
To date, 21,637,608 doses of vaccine have been administered in Canada, including over 250,000 in the past day.
All but three provinces have now extended vaccine eligibility to all people 12 years of age or older. Currently, Pfizer-BioNTech is the only vaccine authorized for anyone under the age of 18.
Moderna said on Tuesday that the results of his clinical trial in children between the ages of 12 and 17 show that none of the children who received two doses of his vaccine developed COVID-19. It intends to apply for approval to Health Canada and other regulators in early June.
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Pfizer and Moderna are currently testing their vaccine in children as young as six months old and hope to apply for approval for children under 12 by the fall.
Canada has recorded a total of 1,365,516 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, of which 25,324 have died and 1,292,326 have recovered.
Globally, more than 167.6 million infections and 3.48 million deaths have been reported, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States continues to dominate the world in both cases, with 33.1 million, and deaths, with more than 590,000.
– With files from the Canadian Press
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