The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 continued to climb in Quebec and Ontario on Wednesday, despite the announcement of encouraging results, especially in terms of hospitalizations.
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On the Quebec side, public health has listed 66 new patients who died while carrying the virus, a number which has more than doubled in 48 hours. The number of cases also edged up to 1,502, a total that remains well below the average for the past week.
The increase in deaths was even more marked in Ontario where 89 deaths were reported, against 46 the day before and 24 Monday. The number of cases has also risen sharply in this province to reach 2,655 infections, thanks to a catch-up in data in Toronto that had artificially lowered the province’s toll below 2,000 cases on Tuesday.
On a more positive note, the two provinces each had about 30 fewer COVID-19 patients in their hospitals on Wednesday, although the number of occupied intensive care beds remained similar, at 216 in Quebec (+4) and 395 in Ontario (-5).
In terms of good news, New Brunswick has also seen its toll decline with the announcement of 21 cases, the smallest number since the 19 infections announced on January 13.
The three largest cities in the province – Fredericton, Moncton and Saint-Jean – entered the red zone at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday in an attempt to curb the worst wave of the pandemic to date in the Maritime province. .
Further west, cases were on the decline in Saskatchewan, where 234 infections and one death have been reported. This is a clear improvement for this province which currently has the worst infection rate per capita in the country, ahead of Quebec.
For its part, Manitoba reported a toll of 153 cases and six deaths, up from the previous day, but still a long way from the worst moments of the second wave.
Alberta, with 669 cases and 21 deaths, and British Columbia, with 500 cases and 14 deaths, also saw their respective tolls climb Wednesday.
In total, Canada had 5,737 more cases and 197 more deaths by the end of the day on Wednesday, bringing its toll to 725,486 cases and 18,463 deaths.
The situation in Canada:
Quebec: 247,236 cases (9,208 deaths)
Ontario: 244,932 cases (5,568 deaths)
Alberta: 118,436 cases (1,484 deaths)
British Columbia: 62,412 cases (1,104 deaths)
Manitoba: 27,893 cases (788 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 21,112 cases (226 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,564 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 1,025 cases (13 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 396 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 266 cases (1 death)
Prince Edward Island: 110 cases
Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 28 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 725,486 cases (18,463 deaths)