COVID-19: Further deterioration in Ontario

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Ontario once again took a marked step back in its fight against the pandemic on Wednesday, recording an 11th day in a row above the 1,000 daily infections mark.

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With a death toll of 1,508 new infections and 14 more deaths, the province, which entered a third wave according to the Ontario Hospital Association, crossed the 1,500 case milestone for the third time in ten days.

The balance sheets are indeed on the rise in this province, where the seven-day average of infection rose from 1,099 daily cases at the start of the month to 1,361 on Wednesday, an increase of 24% in just over two weeks.

The rise had a marked impact on hospitals, which now have 300 intensive care patients, 20 more than at the start of the month. General hospitalizations of patients with the virus followed the same path with 741 beds occupied on Wednesday, a hundred more than two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Quebec also saw its death toll rebound on Wednesday with 703 cases and 13 deaths. At the same time, 16 patients have been added to intensive care for a total of 107 occupied beds, a major leap that has wiped out almost all of the gains made on this front over the past week.

The western provinces are not left out either. Manitoba (96 cases), Alberta (479 cases, 4 dead) and British Columbia (498 cases, 4 dead) are all seeing a plateau in their fight against the virus, which remains at the same level, see regains strength.

Saskatchewan has released an encouraging toll of 87 cases and one death, a marked improvement over its statistics in recent weeks.

Finally, in the Maritimes, barely three cases have been reported, two in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick.

Ontario: 321,956 cases (7,187 deaths)

Quebec: 299,450 cases (10,570 deaths)

Alberta: 139,622 cases (1956 deaths)

British Columbia: 89,427 cases (1,411 deaths)

Manitoba: 32,903 cases (917 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 30,970 cases (410 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 1,674 cases (65 deaths)

New Brunswick: 1,477 cases (30 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,013 cases (6 deaths)

Nunavut: 383 cases (1 death)

Prince Edward Island: 144 cases

Yukon: 72 cases (1 death)

Northwest Territories: 42 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 919,243 cases (22,554 deaths)

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