Although it passed the symbolic milestone of 40,000 COVID-19 infections on Sunday, Ontario posted by far its best week in its fight against the pandemic since last March, while showing much better records than Quebec.
Earlier this week, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé said his government wanted to “do better than Ontario” in terms of the number of new cases of COVID-19.
It is clear that the Belle Province will have a lot to do to achieve this. On Sunday, Ontario announced that it had listed only 79 people infected with the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, against 104 in the Belle Province.
With this new toll, Ontario now has more than 40,000 official diagnoses (40,046) of COVID-19, but the province reached this milestone after a week in which it did not announce more than 100 cases a one time. This is a first in Canada’s most populous province since March.
In fact, Ontario has reported 597 SARS-CoV-2 infections over the past seven days, an average of 85.3 per day. Overall, the number of cases has been declining steadily in that province since the second week of June, despite some rebounds here and there.
Quebec, for its part, can boast of an improvement in its balance sheets, with 104 new cases and three deaths on Sunday. However, it has been almost a month since the Legault government failed to announce less than 100 new cases per day. We have to go back to July 11, with 91 infected patients, to find an assessment under 100 cases.
Over the past seven days, Quebec has accumulated 872 positive tests, or 124.6 on average per day. This is 58% more than in Ontario.
Hard day in Manitoba
In addition, Manitoba posted its worst record since April 2 with 35 new infections on Sunday. The Prairie province, which had not had a single positive test in the first two weeks of July, now has 97 cases in the past four days.
Dozens of those infected are on the Brandon side, where an outbreak has occurred at a Maple Leaf-owned pork cutting plant. According to what the union of employees in the Winnipeg Free Press, 18 employees have contracted the virus to date.
“These cases remind us that COVID-19 is not done with us in Manitoba,” commented at a press briefing the chief hygienist of the province, Dr.r Brent Roussin.
Saskatchewan, for its part, reported 15 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, while the “Atlantic bubble” remained tight. Alberta and British Columbia have not released new data, as they usually do on weekends.
Canada now has a total of 119,454 people who have contracted the virus since the start of the pandemic, 233 more than on Saturday. Five Canadians have joined the number of patients who have lost their lives after contracting the virus, for a total of 8,981 so far.
The situation in Canada
Quebec: 60,471 cases (5,695 deaths)
Ontario: 40,046 cases (2,786 deaths)
Alberta: 11,430 cases (208 deaths) – data from Friday
British Columbia: 3,934 cases (195 deaths) – Friday data
Saskatchewan: 1,445 cases (20 deaths)
New Scotland: 1071 cases (64 deaths)
Manitoba: 542 cases (8 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 267 cases (3 deaths)
New Brunswick: 176 cases (2 deaths)
Prince Edward Island: 36 cases
Yukon: 15 cases
Northwest Territories: 5 cases
Nunavut: 0 cases
Returned Canadians: 13 cases
Total: 119,454 cases (8,981 deaths)