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COVID cases in Canada tracker: How many new cases of COVID-19 today?

Editor’s note: These numbers will continue to be updated as they are confirmed by Global News. Graphics can take up to 10 minutes to update following number changes. For the latest vaccination rates province by province, check out our Coronavirus vaccine tracker.

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This chart includes confirmed, presumptive and epidemiologically linked cases in all provincial totals. Breakdowns of cases and testing can be found on provincial websites.

Canada’s daily COVID-19 cases remain at levels not seen before in the nearly two-year-long pandemic as the new Omicron variant sweeps across the country, although daily infections are now dropping.

As of Jan. 25, the seven-day average of daily cases sits just above 19,800, more than 55 per cent lower than the record high of over 45,000 daily cases set on Jan. 7.

But Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and her provincial counterparts have said those confirmed cases are likely an undercount of the true number of cases, which could be up to 10 times higher. Many parts of the country no longer provide laboratory tests for most people after capacity was overwhelmed by the spread of Omicron.

Read more: Omicron FAQ: Everything you need to know about the COVID-19 variant

New federal modelling released on Jan. 14 showed the current wave might be cresting. Nationally, this wave is expected to top out at between 170,000 and 300,000 actual daily cases and recede into February, based on available data.

“The true number of daily cases, driven by extremely high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, could still vastly exceed anything we have experienced to date during this pandemic,” Tam said on Jan. 14.

According to Tam, Omicron is now the dominant variant across much of the country.

Given the rapid transmission of the virus, Tam and several provincial health officials said their focus will now be on COVID-19 data through hospitalizations and ICUs rather than just case numbers.

Hospitalizations have now risen to record levels as the sheer number of cases leads to a surge in patients that has once again pushed provincial and territorial health-care systems to their breaking points.

As of Jan. 25, the number of Canadians seeking treatment in hospital for COVID-19 has surpassed 10,800. Of those patients, a total of 1,254 people are being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units.

The average number of deaths per day has now climbed to 162, matching the peak seen exactly one year ago but just shy of the all-time record set in the spring of 2020.

As of Jan. 25, more than 76,449,636 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

So far, more than 32,269,523 Canadians have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, while 29,869,646 Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with two doses.

Since they were authorized in September 2021, 14,310,467 third “booster” doses have been administered, according to available provincial and territorial data.

As of Jan. 25, 88.7 per cent of eligible Canadians aged five and up have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 82.1 per cent are fully vaccinated with two shots. Vaccinations for children aged five to 11 were approved by Health Canada last November.

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British Columbia

British Columbia’s vaccine card program is being extended until June 30.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the government is trying to mitigate the risks of spreading COVID-19 and the vaccine card is specifically designed to allow certain businesses and activities to remain open.

She says the province will re-examine the proposed end date if conditions improve, but for now, it’s an important tool to contain the spread of the virus.

B.C.’s vaccine card, which shows proof of vaccination for those 12 years and older, is used to access restaurants, indoor events, fitness centres and other facilities.

Henry also announced that starting Feb. 1, youth sports tournaments can resume, while adult tournaments remain on hold.

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Alberta

Alberta Health Services says a patient has died while waiting for care in an emergency ward.

AHS spokesman Kerry Williamson says the patient had been triaged at the Red Deer Regional Hospital and reassessed by emergency staff Sunday, but died before receiving further care.

The emergency department was fully staffed at the time.

Williamson says the death is being investigated and it’s not yet known whether it was the result of a long wait.

Health Minister Jason Copping announced new measures on Monday to free up ambulances and reduce long wait times in hospital ERs due to high COVID-19 caseloads and staff shortages due to illness.

Copping says while the Omicron wave of the pandemic appears to be receding, hospitalizations are still expected to increase in the short term.

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Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan government says the first doses of Pfizer’s anti-viral treatment for COVID-19 will be available starting tomorrow to people who qualify.

It says it has received a limited quantity of 900 courses from the federal government but more shipments are expected.

Access to the drug is restricted to those who have tested positive for COVID, are immunocompromised, or are 55 and older and not fully vaccinated, or have a medical condition that puts them at high risk.

The province says getting fully vaccinated is still the best defence against COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths.

Premier Scott Moe and his Saskatchewan Party government are staying away from additional measures to try to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, despite acute care hospitalizations nearing record levels.

Moe says society needs to learn to live with COVID-19 as it does with other diseases.

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Manitoba

While the intensive care numbers have levelled off in recent days and the rate of growth of new hospital admissions has slowed, Manitoba’s chief public health officer said it was too soon to declare the current pandemic wave has peaked.

Yet Dr. Brent Roussin also said that peak may be close at hand.

During the current wave, Manitoba has not had to ship intensive care patients to other provinces as it did last spring. But the high number of COVID-19 cases in hospital has diverted staff from other areas, leading to cancelled surgeries and diagnostic tests and adding to waiting lists that predated the pandemic.

The Progressive Conservative government announced Wednesday plans to reduce wait times that would see some people sent to private surgical centres or the United States.

The province is finalizing a deal to have a few hundred spinal surgeries done by Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D., later this year. Patients will not be forced to go, Health Minister Audrey Gordon said.

The government is also in discussions with the Maples Surgical Centre in Winnipeg and other private facilities to perform gynecology surgeries, which have a backlog of 3,000 people.

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Ontario

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he doesn’t see the province’s mask mandates ending anytime soon.

Ford was speaking with Belleville radio station CJBQ Tuesday and was asked about his recently announced plan to start easing COVID-19 restrictions.

The premier said he can’t stand shutdowns and wants to get back to normal, but wants to do it properly and cautiously, which is why there will be at least 21 days between each reopening phase.

When asked if a mask mandate will be lifted, Ford said he couldn’t say that it will be anytime soon. He said it really protects people, though it won’t be in place forever.

Businesses such as restaurants, gyms and cinemas are set to reopen Jan. 31 with capacity limits, and Ford plans to lift nearly all such constraints by mid-March.

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Quebec

Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced Tuesday that restaurant dining rooms in the province will be able to reopen next week as part of a gradual easing of COVID-19 measures that have been in place since December.

He cautioned, however, that the province’s health system is “in rough shape” and it will take time to build the hospital capacity the province needs.

As of Monday, restaurants in Quebec will be able to welcome diners, with capacity limited to 50 per cent and no more than four people from different households at a table.

The premier said restrictions on private gatherings will also be loosened, with gatherings of up to four people, or two family bubbles, permitted. Also beginning Monday, school and youth sports will be allowed to resume.

The government approach is to go “gradually, carefully,” he said, announcing that beginning Feb. 7, entertainment and sports venues will be allowed to reopen at 50 per cent capacity, with attendance capped at 500 people.

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New Brunswick

Two people from the Bathurst region, one in their 80s and one in their 90s, have died, as well as a person in their 70s in the Miramichi region.

New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health says that while hospitalizations continue to rise, they are below original projections, which indicates people have responded to the call to reduce their contacts.

There are currently 482 health-care workers who are isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

Barring any advice to the contrary from public health officials, schoolchildren will return to in-class learning on Jan. 31, New Brunswick’s education minister said Monday.

Classes were initially scheduled to reopen last Friday, but that was bumped to Jan. 31 when the province imposed a 16-day lockdown to reduce COVID-19 transmission.

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Nova Scotia

Health officials in Nova Scotia are recommending people swab both their nose and throat for rapid COVID-19 testing.

New research from Nova Scotia Health’s microbiology team indicates that a combination of a nose and throat swab provides more accurate results compared with a nose swab alone.

Health Department officials said Friday in a news release their investigation compared results from rapid tests and from the more accurate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, taken from the same people.

Researchers say samples from nasal or throat swabs detected 64.5 per cent of cases that were detected from PCR tests, while a combination of nose and throat swabs increased accuracy to 88.7 per cent.

Public Health says it is working to update testing instructions people receive when they pick up a rapid test.

Officials advise that if only one location sample is used in rapid testing it should be the nose, because the throat swab alone is not as effective.

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Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is shutting gyms, closing in-person dining and restricting private gatherings amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

As of midnight on Jan. 18, personal gatherings are limited to a single household plus two support people, such as home care workers or relatives who provide care. Funeral and wedding ceremonies, meanwhile, are now restricted to a maximum of 10 people.

Gyms and recreation facilities are closed and in-room dining at restaurants won’t be permitted. The new restrictions, including continued online learning for schools, will be in effect until at least Jan. 31. Retail stores can remain open but with a maximum of 50 per cent capacity and physical distancing.

Schools shouldn’t reopen to in-person learning while the number of infections in the province is on an upward trend, chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison said.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador students in kindergarten through Grade 12 packed their book bags and headed to school this morning for the first time since the holiday break began in December.

Students in the province have been learning remotely since Jan. 4, when the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus was still driving daily case counts skyward.

Students were required to take two rapid COVID-19 tests before heading to class this morning, but the province’s teachers’ association said in a release Monday the majority of its members felt it was unsafe to resume in-school learning.

Meanwhile, the province’s English school board said Monday that classes for students in grades 8 and 9 at Labrador’s Menihek High School would be suspended today “due to staffing pressures.”

The province announced Monday it will remain in a modified Alert Level 4 for now and that will be reassessed on Jan. 31.

The tighter restrictions, including capacity limits on retail stores, restaurants and fitness facilities, were imposed on Jan. 4 because of a spike in COVID-19 cases. The measures also require households to have no more than 10 close contacts.

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Yukon

Yukon’s education minister says the territory will no longer be issuing COVID-19 exposure notifications at schools.

Jeanie McLean says the Yukon Centre for Disease Control is monitoring class attendance in an effort to ensure children are safe at schools.

She says keeping schools open is a top priority for the territory, although she acknowledged the stress on staff in making sure schools are safe and remain operating.

McLean says she understands parents may be concerned about no longer receiving COVID-19 exposure notices from schools, but health authorities are closely monitoring attendance.

Yukon’s schools have been open for three weeks and McLean says she knows the change may feel like a dramatic shift, but steps will be taken if it’s determined there is an increased COVID-19 risk.

She says parents should follow Yukon’s traffic light system of monitoring COVID-19, which puts diagnosis in categories of red, yellow and green.

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Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories says it will not order a lockdown in communities with COVID-19 outbreaks as it did during previous waves of the virus.

The territory did tighten gathering restrictions on Jan. 4 to slow the spread, with no more than five guests allowed in a household and indoor activities such as sports and fitness classes suspended.

Chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola says N.W.T. has a limited supply of rapid antigen tests that it has started distributing across the territory and she expects more to arrive soon.

Kandola also urged N.W.T. residents to get their booster shots and stay home if they test positive for COVID-19.

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Nunavut

One Nunavut community is under a strict lockdown as COVID-19 spreads rapidly among households.

All offices and schools in the Baffin Island community of Igloolik, where about 1,600 people live, are closed and travel is restricted.

Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says there are 17 active COVID-19 cases listed in the community, but notes the numbers are much higher because of a lag in testing.

Patterson says most of the calls to the territory’s COVID-19 hotline have been from Igloolik residents and household exposure has risen dramatically.

Justice Minister David Akeeagok says there are also 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Iqaluit’s jail.

There is a total of 247 active cases of COVID-19 in 17 communities throughout Nunavut.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

— With files from Global News’ Sean Boynton, Kerri Breen, Graeme Benjamin, Kalina Laframboise, Alessia Simona Maratta, Shane Gibson, Aya Al-Hakim, Hannah Jackson, Simon Little, Shane Gibson, Heide Pearson, Gabby Rodrigues, Ryan Rocca, Travis Dhanraj, Mickey Djuric, Thomas Piller, Karla Renic and the Canadian Press