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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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The latest on July 30

  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces have brought the national total to over 1.43 million cases and more than 26,590 deaths. Over 1.39 million people have recovered, leaving over 6,400 active cases across the country. More than 38.9 million tests have been performed to date.

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 case count is beginning to rise again after falling to its lowest level in nearly a year.

The country reported just 296 new cases on July 12 — the lowest number since Aug. 23 of last year. Yet that plateau has proven to be short-lived.

An analysis of data compiled by Global News found the seven-day average as of July 29 was 639.9 cases per day — back up from the roughly 390-case average reported on July 19, which had been the lowest point since late August 2020.

 

As of July 31, more than 49,293,068 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

So far, 27,023,203 Canadians have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, while 22,269,865 Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, having received both required doses.

On June 19, Canada hit the vaccination milestone of inoculating at least 75 per cent of its eligible population with at least one dose and 20 per cent with both. As of July 28, those numbers have risen to 81.2 per cent with one dose and 66.6 per cent with two.

Hospitalizations have also seen a significant drop.

As of July 29, the latest seven-day average of those seeking treatment in hospital for COVID-19 has dropped over 90 per cent since the peak of the third wave in mid-April, with an average of 398 patients daily.

About 150 people are being treated in intensive care units, while the average number of deaths per day now sits just over seven. Both numbers are also significantly down from the spring.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam has warned, however, that the quickly-spreading Delta variant of the virus may mean the goalposts will have to be shifted for how many Canadians are vaccinated before provinces and territories can lift health restrictions.

Federal modelling done in April and May suggested that if 75 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 20 per cent had two, provinces could safely begin easing restrictions on public movement without overwhelming hospitals again.

But Tam says the variants used to develop those models didn’t include Delta, which is the most infectious one tracked in Canada to date, believed to cause more severe illness, and is expected to become the dominant variant circling.

She says cautious, staged reopenings, which leave lots of room to monitor an increase in case counts and detect surges of variants like Delta, will be critical.

Other variants of concern, like the Alpha variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom, are also continuing to spread across the country.

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British Columbia

What you need to know

  • As of Jan. 14, Global News is counting both lab-confirmed and epidemiologically-linked cases for British Columbia, which includes both kinds of cases in their official count. Data prior to Jan. 14 has been corrected.
  • B.C. reported 243 new cases of COVID-19 on July 30. The new infections bring the province’s total to 149,889.
  • With no new deaths, the province’s death toll stands at 1,771. At least 146,876 cases have recovered.

B.C.’s health minister says the province won’t emulate Alberta’s controversial plans to end COVID-19 contact tracing and mandatory self-isolation for people who test positive.

“We have no plans, none, to change our requirements around self-isolation in B.C. We have no plans, none, to change our approach to contact tracing in B.C.,” Adrian Dix said at a Friday briefing.

Dix did not directly address concerns the new Alberta measures could result in more transmission in B.C., as Albertans travelled west for holiday.

He said B.C. remained focused on raising vaccination rates, particularly in the Interior, where the Central Okanagan is facing a new outbreak, and communicating public health information.

More than half of Friday’s new cases were in the Interior Health region.

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Alberta

What you need to know

  • Alberta identified 187 new COVID-19 cases on July 30 and three new coronavirus-related deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 234,295 infections and 2,328 deaths, while 230,312 people have recovered.

Canada’s top doctors say Alberta’s decision to end isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19, or who have been in close contact with someone who has, could have ripple effects across the country.

“I firmly believe that quarantine and isolation can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially in light of the spread of the Delta variant,” Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, said Friday during a news briefing in Ottawa.

She urged people to continue isolating, get tested for COVID-19 and inform their close contacts even if it is no longer required.

Alberta announced earlier this week that close contacts of positive cases are no longer being notified of exposure by contact tracers, nor are they required to isolate. The government has also ended asymptomatic testing.

As of Aug. 16, individuals who test positive won’t be legally required to isolate either, although it will still be recommended. Isolation hotels will close and quarantine supports will end.

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Saskatchewan

What you need to know

  • Saskatchewan announced 56 new infections on July 30. The province has now seen a total of 49,940 cases of the virus.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 578 after no new deaths were reported, while 48,914 people have recovered from the virus.

Saskatchewan’s health minister is altering his remarks on whether people with COVID will have to self-isolate.

Thursday morning, Paul Merriman said it was up to individuals to decide whether to shut themselves away if they’re found to be infected with COVID-19.

But later that afternoon, the health department released a statement saying anyone testing positive is directed to self-isolate immediately at home or in another suitable environment for at least 10 days.

Merriman’s statements come as the Alberta government faces heavy criticism for removing most of its public health requirements for battling the disease.

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Manitoba

What you need to know

  • As of Aug. 14, Global News is counting both lab-confirmed and presumptive cases for Manitoba, which no longer provides a breakdown of its cases. Data prior to Aug. 14 has been corrected.
  • Manitoba reported 46 new COVID-19 cases and one new death on July 30.
  • The province has seen a total of 57,593 infections, an unknown number of which are considered probable cases.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 1,178 while at least 55,873 people have recovered overall.

The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 2.3 per cent provincially and 1.4 per cent in Winnipeg.

The province has 542 cases that remain active with 93 Manitobans hospitalized, including 25 in intensive care.

More than 79 per cent of eligible residents in Manitoba have received at least one dose of vaccine and over 69 per cent have had two doses.

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Ontario

What you need to know

  • Ontario reported 258 new cases of COVID-19 on July 31, with six new deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 550,436 confirmed cases and 9,345 deaths from the virus. However, 539,485 individuals have recovered.

Saturday’s report marks the third day in a row cases are above 200 after weeks of being below that level.

“Locally, there are 53 new cases in Toronto, 33 in York Region, 28 in the Region of Waterloo, 27 in Hamilton and 26 in Peel Region,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said.

For comparison, last Saturday 170 cases were reported.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 1.2 per cent, which up slightly from Friday’s report, when it was 1.1 per cent, and up from last Saturday’s report, when it was 0.8 per cent.

Provincial figures showed there are 112 people in intensive care due to COVID-19 (down by five), 83 of whom are on a ventilator (up by six).

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Quebec

What you need to know

  • Quebec reported 125 new cases of COVID-19 on July 30 and one additional virus-related death.
  • The province has seen a total of  377,297 cases and 11,241 deaths to date, although 365,105 recoveries have been reported.

Authorities said 60 patients were in hospital with the virus, a drop of two from the day before, and 17 were in intensive care, a decrease of three.

“The data is encouraging. The evolution of new cases in Quebec is stable, despite what’s happening in the rest of the world,” Health Minister Christian Dube wrote in a post on Twitter. He said the province administered its 11 millionth shot of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

Quebec’s public health institute said that 83.9 per cent of Quebecers aged 12 and up have received a first dose and 65.9 per cent are considered adequately vaccinated. The province administered 66,803 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, mainly second shots.

According to Health Department data released Friday, 61 per cent of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 76 per cent of those hospitalized due to the disease over the week ending July 24 were unvaccinated or had received their first dose of vaccine less than 14 days earlier.

Eight per cent of those who tested positive for the virus during that period and 12 per cent of those hospitalized had received their second dose of vaccine more than seven days before, the Health Department said.

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New Brunswick

What you need to know

  • New Brunswick reported seven new cases of COVID-19 on July 30.
  • There have been 2,365 cases in total, at least 2,299 of whom have since recovered. The province’s death toll stands at 46 people.

New Brunswick is abandoning all public health restrictions at midnight Friday.

Over 80 per cent of eligible residents have received their first dose of vaccine, while 66.7 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses.

As of 11:59 p.m. Friday night, masks will no longer be mandatory in public spaces, restrictions on travel will lift and there will be no limits to how many people can gather indoors or outdoors.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said patients, staff and visitors in all hospitals and health-care facilities will have to continue to wear masks to reduce the risk of transmission within the health-care system.

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Nova Scotia

What you need to know

  • Nova Scotia reported one new case of COVID-19 on July 30.
  • The total number of cases in the province is 5,887, with 93 deaths and 5,785 recoveries.

Nova Scotia is reporting a single new case of COVID-19 on Friday, and two new recoveries.

That lowers the province’s active case count to nine.

Over 75 per cent of all residents — not just those eligible — have received their first dose of vaccine, while 62.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

 

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Prince Edward Island

What you need to know

  • P.E.I. reported no new cases on July 30. Both cases are not permanent residents, so will not be added to the province’s case count.
  • There have been 208 local cases to date, all of which have recovered.
  • No deaths have been reported.

Prince Edward Island has dropped its requirement that non-medical masks be worn in public indoor spaces.

Chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison says masks are still encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and businesses are free to adopt stricter rules.

Officials say those who serve the public, such as in restaurants, retail stores and hair salons, should continue to wear a mask.

All health-care facilities will continue to require masks until 80 per cent of eligible P.E.I. residents are fully vaccinated.

As of July 28, the province says over 88 per cent of eligible residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while more than 50 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

What you need to know

  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases in the latest update on July 30.
  • The province has seen 1,437 confirmed cases and seven deaths, while 1,421 cases have recovered.

Newfoundland and Labrador is moving to the next stage of its COVID-19 reopening plan on August 1st — two weeks earlier than scheduled.

Chief public health officer Dr. Janice Fitzgerald says the province has hit its vaccination target of 80 per cent of eligible residents with one dose and 50 per cent fully vaccinated.

The move to step two will lift restrictions on indoor and outdoor personal gatherings as well as capacity limits on restaurants and bars but still requires masks to be worn in indoor public places.

Fitzgerald says mandatory masking rules may be lifted the week of August 9th — two weeks after half of eligible residents were fully vaccinated — but is contingent on continued favourable epidemiology.

More than 80 per cent of eligible residents have received at least one vaccine dose, and just under 54 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Yukon

What you need to know

  • Yukon reported seven new confirmed cases and one probable case of COVID-19 on July 30.
  • There have been 596 cases so far, 516 of whom have recovered. The territory has seen seven deaths from COVID-19.

Yukon’s premier is encouraging more people to get immunized before some restrictions are lifted next week and says COVID-19 infections are occurring among clusters of unvaccinated residents in some communities.

Sandy Silver says measures such as no longer requiring masks in indoor public places are justified as of Aug. 4 because 80 per cent of adults in the territory are fully vaccinated and 60 per cent of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 have received both doses.

However, he says some restrictions on social and organized gatherings will remain because those settings pose the highest risk of infection for those who are not immunized.

Silver says rapid response testing teams have recently been deployed to communities such as Watson Lake and they have succeeded in containing further spread of the virus among households.

He says vulnerable people who need to self-isolate are being supported with wellness checks and those at risk of withdrawal have access to nicotine, cannabis and alcohol in consultation with medical experts.

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Northwest Territories

What you need to know

  • The Northwest Territories reported no new cases of COVID-19 on July 30.
  • The territory has seen a total of 128 local cases. Officials say all cases have recovered, and no deaths have been reported.

Up to 25 people are allowed in a business that is following an approved COVID-19 plan. Households can have up to 10 people with a maximum of five guests from another household.

Non-essential travel outside the territory is not recommended, and leisure travel into the territory is not permitted.

The territory is no longer requiring masks to be worn in public places in Yellowknife and three other communities.

Chief public health officer Dr. Kami Kandola says it’s still a good idea to wear a mask indoors when there is a crowd, poor ventilation, or shouting or singing.

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Nunavut

What you need to know

  • Nunavut reported no new cases in its latest update on July 26. The territory is now updating case data weekly.
  • There have been 657 cases to date, 653 of which have now recovered, and the territory has seen four deaths from the virus.

Public health orders affecting what is allowed to open vary by community.

Restrictions in Iqaluit were eased on July 2. Travel restrictions in and out of Iqaluit have been lifted. A household can now have up to 10 people in their home and up to 50 people can gather outdoors.

Theatres and restaurants can also open at 25 per cent capacity or 25 people, whichever is less.

Meanwhile, in Kinngait and Rankin Inlet, outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people and those indoors are restricted to a household plus 15 people.

Restaurants and bars are allowed to open for regular business at 50 per cent capacity, and there must be a two metre distance between tables, with no more than six people seated or around each table.

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, Brittany Henriques, 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