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COVID-19 in Canada: How our battle against the second wave is going

The latest numbers from across country showing where the virus is spreading, and how quickly

Note: Data in the charts last updated on Jan. 22 at 7 a.m. EDT. 

For much of the autumn, Ontario’s share of the national count of daily COVID-19 cases was well under its 38 per cent share of the population. Then, in November, as case counts climbed, that changed and by Dec. 22, Ontario accounted for 36 per cent of all cases in Canada. One month later, Ontario’s share has climbed to 47 per cent.

Two months ago, Nunavut was in the middle of a serious outbreak of COVID-19, its first of the pandemic. The territory, which has few medical facilities, initiated a hard lockdown, restricting travel between communities, and ramped up its testing. The measures worked. In the past 30 days, Nunavut has reported only four cases, compared to 132 in the previous 30 days.

Though per capita rates of new cases are down from recent highs in hotspot provinces (except New Brunswick, though its rate is far below the others), that success is tempered by the fact that current rates are still higher than those on Jan. 1 for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. And while rates are down in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, they are still so high as to put considerable stress on their health care systems.

 

Hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients dipped below the 4,500 mark for the first time in more than two weeks and are at 4,490, as of Jan. 21. Of those, 859 COVID-19 patients are in critical care.

 

For the first five days of this week, Ontario reported 300 COVID-19 deaths, meaning it is averaging 60 deaths a day. To date,  25 residents of Roberta Place in Barrie have died in the outbreak at the long-term care facility. As of Thursday, only eight of the 130 residents haven’t been infected with COVID-19 while 74 workers are currently positive for the virus. Preliminary tests suggest that the highly contagious British variant, B.1.1.7 played a role in how quickly the outbreak spread. 

 

On Jan. 21, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin updated the public on the delivery schedule of Pfizer vaccine doses to Canada, which have been disrupted as the pharmaceutical firm expands its Belgian vaccine manufacturing facility. While this week’s delivery contained 20,000 fewer doses than scheduled, Fortin revealed there will be no delivery at all for the week of Jan. 25 and that he is expecting only around 79,000 doses for the week of Feb. 2. Fortin has been assured by Pfizer that it will be able to ramp up deliveries to make up the shortfalls and continues to pledge that it will deliver four million doses by the end of March. This table of received and expected doses will be updated with new information when it becomes available.