As Ontario and Quebec reported a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations, officials in New Brunswick moved the northwestern part of their province, including the city of Edmundston (above), to the red recovery phase following a spike in COVID-19 cases. Restrictions took effect Monday at midnight. (Radio-Canada/Bernard LeBel)
Canadians looking for a glimmer of hope in the COVID-19 pandemic battle may be able to take a bit of solace from statistics released Sunday in Ontario and Quebec–the provinces hit hardest hardest hit by the virus.
Officials in both provinces reported a decline in the number of hospitalizations–-a respite for exhausted health workers.
How long it lasts remains to be seen.
The news came as New Brunswick reported a new one-day high of 36 new cases, prompting officials to announce new restrictions in northwestern part of the province, which includes the city of Edmundston .
“We are again reminded of how quickly the COVID-19 virus can spread, and how quickly things can change,” Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, told a news conference.
Like other provinces in Atlantic Canada, New Brunswick has–so far–managed to avoid the overwhelming number of cases reported in many other provinces, thanks mainly to the so-called Atlantic Bubble that has restricted travel from regions outside the area
As of Monday morning, New Brunswick had confirmed 947 cases and 12 deaths.
COVID-19 IN CANADA
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Monday Jan. 18, 2021. — Canada: 708,619 confirmed cases (75,281 active, 615,324 resolved, 18,014 deaths).The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 6,436 new cases Sunday from 70,499 completed tests, for a positivity rate of 9.1 per cent. The rate of active cases is 200.27 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 47,285 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 6,755. There were 149 new reported deaths Sunday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 1,001 new reported deaths. The seven-day rolling average of new reported deaths is 143. The seven-day rolling average of the death rate is 0.38 per 100,000 people. The overall death rate is 47.92 per 100,000 people. There have been 16,557,083 tests completed. (The Canadian Press)
Over all, Canada has now reported 708,619 cases of COVID-19, with 75,280 cases considered active.
The number of deaths stood at 18,014.
Ontario reported 3,422 new cases and 69 deaths on Sunday.
The data came as the man heading the province’s vaccination program distribution program, retired general Rick Hillier, told CBC News that the province wants to have everyone vaccinated by late July or early August,
Quebec, where high school students returned to their classrooms on Monday after a month away, reported 1,744 new infections due to a data issue that omitted some new infections from the tally.
Officials reported 50 deaths as a result of the virus.
With files from CBC News, The Canadian Press