Ontario almost caught up with Quebec for the number of cumulative COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the two provinces crossed the 250,000 contamination mark.
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Ontario, which carried out nearly 72,000 samples the day before, recorded 2,662 new cases and 87 additional deaths, so that its counter now shows 250,226 infections and 5,701 fatalities. Toronto is still under tight surveillance. The Queen City announced 779 more cases, ahead of the regions of Peel (542 cases), York (228 cases) and Waterloo (128 cases).
For its part, Quebec, for a sixth consecutive day, recorded less than 1,800 cases. Thus, on Friday, 1,631 people were infected with COVID-19 for a total of 250,491. On the other hand, the death toll is heavy with 88 deaths. Of these, 18 occurred in the past 24 hours and 37 come from a catch-up due to a data transfer delay that occurred between December 6, 2020 and January 17, the authorities said.
Both hospitalizations (-27) and people in intensive care (-4) decreased in Quebec.
Montreal is still the main source of contamination in the Belle Province with its 681 new cases, ahead of Montérégie (+276 cases) and Laval (+128 cases). Other areas, such as the Laurentians, Lanaudière and Capitale-Nationale, all reported less than 100 cases on Friday.
So far, more than 200,000 Quebecers have received the first of two doses of vaccine and 40,738 tests were performed on Thursday.
“The number of deaths caused by COVID are still [hausse]. We must continue to respect the measures to protect the most vulnerable, ”the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, shared on Twitter.
He also invited parents of children aged 6 and over to go to a screening center as soon as symptoms appear. He recommended that parents use the COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool to sort it out.
As of afternoon, the country had 735,920 cases of COVID-19 and 18,799 fatalities.
The situation in Canada:
Quebec: 250,491 cases (9,361 deaths)
Ontario: 250,226 cases (5,701 deaths)
Alberta: 119,114 cases (1,500 deaths)
British Columbia: 62,976 cases (1,119 deaths)
Manitoba: 28,260 cases (795 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 21,338 cases (239 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,570 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 1,057 cases (13 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 398 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 266 cases (1 death)
Prince Edward Island: 110 cases
Yukon: 70 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 31 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 735,920 cases (18,799 deaths)