Canada COVID-19 cases spike in Nova Scotia, while other hot spots show signs of improvement
The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 16, 2021
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 16, 2021. There are 1,106,062 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,106,062 confirmed cases (85,319 active, 997,202 resolved, 23,541 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 9,338 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 224.49 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 60,785 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 8,684. There were 41 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 292 new reported deaths.
Nova Scotia hit a new single-day record number of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, even as there were hints that Canada's two biggest provinces were making fragile progress in the fight against the pandemic.
Nova Scotia reported 63 new cases of COVID-19, the highest single-day figure recorded since the onset of the global pandemic.
Most of the cases were found in the province’s central zone, which includes Halifax. Premier Iain Rankin introduced a month-long lockdown for the city and its surrounding communities last week.
Rankin took to Twitter on Sunday to urge residents to get tested for the virus.
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Tragedy has weighed heavily on Nova Scotians, who will gather to honour the victims of last year’s mass killing exactly one year later as questions have gone unanswered."It's going to be a hard one but there's a lot of us here who are doing it to remember the people," Jillian Arany, a marathon runner from Bible Hill, said from Portapique Sunday morning.
"The more we test, the better we protect our families, communities (and) province," he wrote.
While the virus appeared to be gaining steam out east, the news was more positive in two of Canada's biggest COVID-19 hot spots.
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New cases in Ontario were once again below the 4,000 mark on Sunday after hitting record highs throughout mid-April.
Hospitalizations also declined by 151 over the last 24 hours, although the number of people in intensive care rose by 18 over the same period. Numbers show 851 of the province's 2,126 hospitalized COVID-19 patients are in intensive care.
Quebec, meanwhile, reported its fourth straight decline in hospitalizations, as the province's seven-day average continued to drop slightly with the report of just over 1,000 new infections.
N.S. fees for COVID-19 jail data more than 20 times higher than Ontario: researcher
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's freedom of information system stands out for fee estimates dwarfing those asked by larger provinces, says a group studying prison responses to COVID-19. Kevin Walby, a University of Winnipeg researcher, said in a recent interview that his queries to Nova Scotia have been met with projected costs that are so far more than 20 times higher than Ontario's. Meanwhile, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are offering the information with no fees, though after delays, he added.
Health Minister Christian Dube said the situation in the province remains fragile "but hope is on the horizon."
"Let's stick together in the coming weeks," he wrote, noting that the province expects to open vaccination to the remaining adult population at the end of May.
Canada's chief public health officer highlighted the beginning of National Immunization Awareness Week, noting that the development of effective COVID-19 vaccines are "bringing us growing hope."
Dr. Theresa Tam said in a statement that the vaccine has already had a positive impact on caseloads in a number of groups, including older populations, health-care workers and Indigenous communities
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 25, 2021
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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, April 30, 2021 .
The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 30, 2021. There are 1,219,425 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 1,219,425 confirmed cases (83,319 active, 1,111,887 resolved, 24,219 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 8,347 new cases Friday. The rate of active cases is 219.23 per 100,000 people. Over the past seven days, there have been a total of 54,845 new cases. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 7,835. There were 50 new reported deaths Friday. Over the past seven days there have been a total of 340 new reported deaths.