Canada reported 2,367 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 23 more fatalities.
The new data brings the country’s total COVID-19 cases to 193,899, and its death toll to 9,722.
To date, more than 163,000 patients — or more than 84 per cent of Canada’s total virus cases — have recovered from their infections, while more than 10.3 million tests have been administered.
The new infections also make up about 1.8 per cent of the 129,579 tests administered over the past 24 hours, though some provinces and territories do not update testing data daily.
Canada has reported over 2,000 cases nearly every day since the beginning of the month, including the past eight days straight.
In a statement Friday, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that national daily case counts continued to rise with an average of over 2,300 new cases being reported daily over the past seven days.
According to Tam, an average of 77,000 people were also tested daily, with 2.4 per cent testing positive for the virus.
“The resurgence of COVID-19 cases affecting many parts of the country is concerning and something we must keep top of mind to plan safer activities for ourselves and our families during the Fall and Winter,” read the statement.
Tam also warned of the start of fall, with which comes the impending flu season.
“The flu shot provides protection against infection with influenza A and B viruses that are expected to circulate in the Canadian population this fall and winter while COVID-19 activity continues,” said Tam.
“Although the flu shot doesn’t provide protection against infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, it will help reduce the risk of you getting the flu before, during or after a possible COVID-19 infection.”
Quebec reported the highest increase in new COVID-19 cases Friday, with 1,055 additional infections. Health authorities also added 14 more deaths from the virus, though only one had occurred in the past 24 hours, while 11 occurred between Oct. 9 and Oct. 14 and another two before Oct. 9.
The province’s total coronavirus cases now sits at 91,018, while its death toll stands at 6,018, after one fatality previously attributed to the disease was removed.
Ontario announced nine new deaths and 783 more cases of the coronavirus on Friday. The new data brings the province’s total lab-confirmed cases to 62,908, and its death toll to 3,031.
Alberta added 332 new cases of the virus on Friday, raising the province’s total case count to 21,775. To date, a total of 18,651 patients have recovered from the virus, while its death toll stands at 288.
British Columbia announced 146-lab confirmed new cases of the virus on Friday, raising the province’s total infections to 10,982. A total of 207 additional cases are considered “epidemiologically linked,” which are cases that are related to confirmed infections and exhibit symptoms, but have not been lab-confirmed themselves. An additional nine of today’s cases were part of the Oct. 16 count.
One additional death was also reported by health authorities, raising the province’s total fatalities to 251.
Saskatchewan added 40 new infections of the coronavirus on Friday, raising its total confirmed cases to 2,270. The province also added another two cases on Friday that were originally deemed to be out of province and weren’t counted.
A total of 1,946 people have recovered from the virus, while the province’s death toll stands at 25.
Manitoba announced 75 new cases of the virus on Friday — its first significant drop in daily reported case totals after a series of record setting infections this week.
The province has now seen a total of 3,173 cases, of which an unknown number are considered probable, while its death toll stands at 38.
New Brunswick added five new cases of the virus on Friday, raising its case count to 297.
Newfoundland and Labrador announced three new cases on Friday, while Nova Scotia reported one. No new cases were reported today by the territories as well.
Worldwide, cases of the novel coronavirus have surpassed 39.1 million infections according to Johns Hopkins University. Over 1.1 million people have since succumbed to the virus, with the United States, Brazil and India leading in both cases and deaths.
Source:- Global News
Ontario reports 821 new cases of COVID-19, 2nd-most since resurgence began in August – CBC.ca
Ontario reported 821 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the second-most on a single day since a resurgence of the illness began in the province in mid-August.
Toronto once again saw the most with 327, while 136 were recorded Peel Region and 79 in Ottawa.
The new case count is the highest number the province has seen in the second wave, since 939 cases were reported on Oct. 9. The seven-day average of new daily cases, which had been slowly dropping over the last several days, ticked back up with today’s update and is now about 743.
Notably, just over 24,000 tests were completed yesterday — the lowest number of tests Ontario has processed on a single day since Sept. 9. The province previously said it aimed to be processing 50,000 tests per day by mid-October, and as many as 68,000 daily by mid-November.
The number of confirmed, active infections of the novel coronavirus in Ontario is 6,237, an all-time high.
Hospitalizations, as well as the number of patients in intensive care and using ventilators, all went up. Hospitalizations rose from 252 yesterday to 274 today, ICU patients went from 69 yesterday to 72 today, and people in the ICU using ventilators went from 40 to 45.
The province is also reporting three more deaths.
Premier appeals to people with symptoms to get tested
Asked Tuesday about the relatively low levels of testing in the last 24 hours, Premier Doug Ford said the province’s labs have now cleared through a backlog of tests that once ballooned to more than 90,000 and that there is capacity for as many as 50,000 daily, but that people can’t be forced to be tested.
Ford said the province has set up additional testing units in hotspots, but some people seem to be holding back from getting an assessment.
The province changed its testing guidelines last month, making COVID-19 tests available only to symptomatic people by appointment at its assessment centres.
The change came after the government was heavily criticized for hours-long lineups at walk-in testing centres that assessed people with or without symptoms.
Meanwhile, Ontario is extending most of its emergency orders until Nov. 21 as the province faces a resurgence of COVID-19.
In a news release Tuesday, the provincial government announced the extension will be in place for 30 days with exceptions for orders around pandemic pricing on electricity and electronic access to personal health records.
“With the cold and flu season upon us and the continuing high number of COVID-19 cases in certain parts of the province, it’s critical we continue to take the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of Ontarians,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.
Masks not required in dance studios, province says
The province has also updated its pandemic rules to allow dance classes to resume in Ontario’s four hot spot areas.
Asked Tuesday why small fitness studios aren’t allowed to open under the current regulations but dance studios are, Ford drew a distinction between the two saying that unlike fitness studios, dance studios are cohorted.
The province announced this week that dance classes will be allowed to resume in hotspot areas as long as dances are pre-registered and physical distancing is observed.
Masks are not required inside the studios.
Asked why that is, Health Minister Christine Elliott told reporters Tuesday, “It’s because of the distance and the separation between the dancers that can be maintained such that the masks aren’t necessarily required.”
Airborne transmission of COVID-19 however has not been ruled out, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updating its guidance this month to say infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets that can linger in the air for minutes to hours.
NDP bring motion to eliminate for-profit LTCs as some face insurance woes
Also Tuesday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said she would introduce a motion to remove for-profit companies from the long-term care system and replace them with an “all non-profit and public system.”
“We need to take action to protect seniors and fix the long-term care system for good, and we have to do it now,” Horwath said in a tweet.
A vote on the motion is expected this afternoon.
Meanwhile, some of Ontario’s long-term care homes are having trouble securing liability insurance for COVID-19, a situation that could force some of them to close, says a group representing more than 70 per cent of the province’s homes.
The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says its homes are being offered new policies without a key provision: coverage for infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
The association has now turned to the federal government for help, saying potential claims could place a burden on the homes’ finances, and that loans could be denied over the lack of coverage.
Previously, long-term care homes received $5-million to $10-million coverage for damages or claims related to infectious diseases, CEO Donna Duncan said.
Now, insurance companies are including a “contagious disease exclusion endorsement” in policies for the homes, she said.
Her association has pleaded its case to the federal government in a letter sent late last week, asking Ottawa to provide a “backstop” and essentially insure the insurance companies.
Ontario to provide COVID-19 liability protection to some workers, businesses
Also Tuesday, Attorney General Doug Downey introduced a new bill that would provide liability protection to some workers, businesses and non-profits against COVID-19 exposure-related lawsuits.
Downey says the bill, if passed, would ensure anyone making an “honest effort” to follow public health guidelines while working or volunteering not be exposed to liability. The bill will not prevent lawsuits against those who willfully, or through “gross negligence”, endanger others, he said.
The government says health-care workers and institutions, front-line retail workers, and charities and non-profits would be covered by the bill.
The legislation would also cover coaches, volunteers and minor sports associations.
Outbreak at CAMH worsens
Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is reporting three more patients have tested positive for COVID-19 on a unit at its Queen Street site.
It follows confirmation Sunday of an outbreak at the unit, when it said two people had COVID-19.
Two other Toronto hospitals also confirmed outbreaks over the weekend.
The centre says it has implemented standard infection prevention and control procedures for respiratory outbreaks, including closing the unit to admissions and transfers.
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Canada sees 2,341 new coronavirus cases as deaths near 10,000
Canada added 2,341 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total case count to 203,476.
Health authorities in Canada’s provinces also said another 16 people have died after testing positive for COVID-19.
The new fatalities bring the country’s total death toll to 9,794.
News of the new infections comes as health officials work to slow the spread of the virus as Canada faces a second wave of the pandemic.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the fight against the virus is “far from over.”
“And to win it, we have to keep working together,” he said. “Canada is a big country, the pandemic is playing out differently in different provinces and territories.
“That’s why I’m asking everyone to keep following the guidelines of their local public health authorities.”
In Ontario, 821 new cases were reported, and health officials said three more fatalities had occurred.
The new infections bring the province’s total case count to 65,896, and its death toll to 3,053.
However, 56,606 people have recovered from the virus, while 4,714,326 tests have been administered in Ontario.
Meanwhile, in Quebec, 877 new cases of the respiratory illness were detected and health authorities confirmed 11 more people have died.
Since the pandemic began, 95,216 people have contracted the respiratory illness in the province.
Thus far, 80,468 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Quebec, while 2,839,254 people have been tested.
Forty-three new cases of the virus were reported in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, but the province’s death toll remained at 25.
A total of 233,017 tests for the novel coronavirus have been administered in Saskatchewan, while 1,987 people have recovered after falling ill.
Manitoba saw 109 new cases of the virus, but no new deaths.
Since the pandemic began, 1,703 people have recovered after contracting the illness, while 235,530 tests have been conducted.
Further west in Alberta, 323 new cases were reported, and health authorities said one more person had died, bringing the province’s death toll to 293.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Alberta has seen 22,996 COVID-19 infections, however, 19,500 people have recovered.
To date, 1,653,361 tests for the novel coronavirus have been administered.
British Columbia health officials said 166 new cases have been detected, and one more person has died.
The new infections bring the province’s total case load to 11,641.
One epidemiologically-linked case was also reported, meaning it has not yet been confirmed by a laboratory.
B.C. has seen 9,871 people recover from the respiratory illness and health officials have administered 736,637 tests.
No new infections or deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in New Brunswick, meaning the province’s total case count remained at 313.
So far, 215 people have recovered after becoming sick.
Provincial health authorities have administered 93,656 tests to date.
Nova Scotia did not report any new cases or deaths relating to the virus, either.
This means the province’s case count and death toll remained at 1,097 and 65, respectively.
A total of 106,748 tests for the virus have been conducted in Nova Scotia, while 1,027 have recovered after contracting COVID-19.
One new coronavirus case was detected in Prince Edward Island, bringing the province’s total case load to 64.
However, 61 of those cases are considered to be resolved.
The island, which has not yet seen a death associated with COVID-19, has conducted 42,377 tests.
Newfoundland did not detect any new infections or deaths on Tuesday.
The province, which has seen 287 confirmed cases, has not reported a new case since Thursday.
So far, 272 people have recovered from the virus, while 49,117 have been tested.
New case in the territories
One new case was reported in the Northwest Territories on Tuesday, bringing the total case count in the region to six.
However, five of those cases are considered to be resolved. The territory has tested 5,939 people to date.
In the Yukon, 17 cases of the virus have been confirmed, 15 of which are considered to be resolved.
The territory has not yet seen a COVID-19 related death, and has tested 3,785 people.
Nunavut has not yet seen a confirmed case of the virus.
Global cases approach 41 million
The number of novel coronavirus cases remained under 41 million on Tuesday.
According to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, by 7:20 p.m. ET there were a total of 40,652,097 COVID-19 cases around the world.
Since the virus was first detected in China late last year, it has claimed 1,122,036 lives.
The United States remained the country with the greatest amount of COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with more than 8.2 million infections.
So far, more than 220,000 people have died in the U.S. after testing positive for coronavirus.
India has reported the second-most cases at 7.5 million, and has seen over 115,000 fatalities.
Source:- Global News
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