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How many Canadians have the new coronavirus? Total number of confirmed cases by region

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.

As of April 5, Global News is only reporting lab-confirmed cases for British Columbia, where provincial health authorities are including “epidemiologically-linked” cases in their official count.

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.

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National

The latest on November 30

  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces have brought the national total to 377,800 cases and more than 12,100 deaths. Over 299,900 people have recovered — about 79 per cent of the remaining confirmed cases. More than 14.6 million tests have been performed to date.

With the exception of Manitoba, the chart below only includes confirmed cases, not presumptive or epidemiologically linked cases. To view all presumptive cases in the country, see Health Canada’s chart here.

As November nears its end, Canada is well into the second wave of the pandemic with more than 340,000 total cases across the country and those numbers growing by the thousands each day. 

“The real question is — how much can government programs push back?” said David Macdonald, a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. government official on infectious diseases, said in an interview with Global News on Sept. 4 that keeping the border between the U.S. and Canada closed could help contain spread of the virus as cases south of the border are still “unacceptably high.” 

“If you have an area of the country with very, very low activity, obviously there’s concern about letting people in from countries in which there’s a high rate of infection,” Fauci told Global News’ Jackson Proskow.

Those with milder symptoms are more likely to spread the virus in a community setting, as they may not know they have the disease, explained Dr. Isaac Bogoch. This is why social distancing is important, as you could be unintentionally passing COVID-19 on to others, he said.

“We’ve been hearing about what we need to do for weeks now. It’s been over a week. We know exactly what it is to do to avoid getting this infection. We know how to prevent ourselves from getting this infection. We know how to prevent transmission in community settings,” he said.

Provinces and territories test for coronavirus at very different rates. That’s something to bear in mind as we look at positive test rates: the more you look, the more you find.

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British Columbia

What you need to know

  • B.C. reported 596 new cases on Nov. 30, bringing the province’s total of lab-confirmed cases to 32,905. Another 1,481 cases from Saturday and Sunday were also reported, as well as 277 additional historical cases.
  • Fourteen new deaths took the province’s death toll to 441, while 23,111 cases have recovered.
  • A total of 333 additional cases are considered “epidemiologically linked,” meaning they are related to confirmed cases but have not been confirmed by laboratory tests themselves. Ten of those cases were part of the Nov. 30 count.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry became emotional Monday as she expressed her condolences to families and thanked caregivers for their dedication.

Henry says the rise in deaths reflects the challenge of dealing with the virus in communities, and the impact on seniors when it gets into care homes.

There are outbreaks in 57 long-term care and assisted living facilities as well as in five in acute-care units in British Columbia.

“Health-care workers have been at the front lines, or maybe the last line of defence right now,” she says. “I know how challenging it is and I’m with you every single day, supporting you in admiration for the work that you’re doing.”

Henry says most faith leaders are supporting her order banning religious services and understand that faith can be practised outside of buildings.

“We are putting in the measures that we believe are the best we can do to protect communities, to protect our health and to protect us from transmission of this virus,” Henry says.

She says there’s always an ethical dilemma when it comes to balancing the unintended consequences of her orders and how they affect people.

“How do you do just the right amount to try and keep this virus from spreading rapidly and causing so much suffering? There’s no right answer to this, there’s no perfect way of doing it and I will always be accused of doing too much or not enough.”

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Alberta

What you need to know

  • Alberta reported 1,307 new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 1, bringing the total number of cases to 59,484.
  • Ten additional deaths were reported on Dec. 1. Alberta’s death toll related to COVID-19 has now reached 551.
  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw asked Albertans to start preparing for a “much different” holiday season.

Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta’s largest hospitals are at 91 per cent capacity due to COVID-19 cases and widespread cancellation of more non-urgent surgeries may be necessary.

“Our top 15 hospitals are increasingly under stress,” Kenney told NewsTalk 770 radio in an interview Monday.

“Ultimately, if we get more and more COVID patients in hospital, the response to open up (COVID) capacity will be widespread surgical cancellation.”

He said Alberta has 8,500 hospital beds. Some 2,400 are being set aside for pandemic patients and one-quarter of those beds will be in intensive care.

“We have a plan to get back to that level of availably given the current surge that we see,” said Kenney.

He said the crucial question is staffing.

“You can’t just snap your fingers and suddenly train and certify hundreds of additional nurses for intensive care, for example. We only have a finite number of anesthesiologists who can assist with intubation for COVID patients.”

Alberta Health Services said it has plans in place to utilize “unconventional ICU spaces” should the demand for beds continue to rise in the days and weeks ahead as COVID-19 numbers in the province continue to climb.

Staff at three Calgary hospitals are being directed to be mindful of the use of oxygen for acute care patients “due to limitations of the bulk oxygen systems” and “the expected increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Saskatchewan

What you need to know

  • Saskatchewan announced 181 new infections on Dec. 1 along with four new deaths. The province has now seen a total of 8,745 cases of the virus.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 51, while a total of 4,875 people have recovered from the virus.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says it’s too early to say whether COVID-19 restrictions will be loosened in time to allow families to gather for the holidays.

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Moe said residents can expect to see high COVID-19 case numbers for the next few weeks, as officials wait to see if the latest public-health measures have been effective.

The premier noted that the new rules, which include suspending all team sports and a 30-person cap on indoor venues such as churches and bingo halls, have only been in place for a few days.

The restrictions are to continue until Dec. 17, when the premier said his Saskatchewan Party government and the chief medical health officer will decide what to do next.

Moe said they could choose to extend existing measures, bring in added ones or loosen the restriction that limits household gatherings “just a little bit so that we can have a few people in our home for Christmas.” The limit now is five people.

“It’s too early for us to say which of those three options would occur,” Moe said.

“We need a little bit of time. We’ve had three, four days since these additional measures have come into play, and we need to have a few days to see if they’re actually going to make any impact on the numbers that we have.”

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Manitoba

What you need to know

  • Manitoba reported 283 new cases on Dec. 1 and 16 more deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 17,107 infections, an unknown number of which are considered probable cases.
  • The province’s death toll now stands at 328, while at least 7,713 people have recovered overall.

Manitoba broke another record on Tuesday, with 16 deaths added to the province’s total.

Despite that, cases have started to drop, with 283 reported the same day, down from the 450-500 highs two weeks ago.

Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s top doc, said while he was glad to see the numbers start to slide down, he hopes to still see a dramatic decrease over the next 10 days.

Roussin has been repeatedly calling on Mantiobans to stay at home and respect strict COVID-19 restrictions put into effect Nov. 12 closing non-essential businesses and banning public gatherings of more than five people.

Meanwhile, Manitoba’s premier, Brian Pallister, said enforcement continues to go well, with more than $180,000 in fines brought in last week for businesses, individuals and groups flouting public health orders.

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Ontario

What you need to know

  • Ontario reported 1,707 new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 1 and seven new deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 118,199 confirmed cases and 3,663 deaths from the virus. However, 100,012 individuals have recovered.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he wants a clear delivery date for the province’s share of COVID-19 vaccines, stressing that “the clock is ticking” when it comes to fighting the novel coronavirus.

Ford says he’s been asking the federal government for clarity as to how much of what vaccine the province will receive and when, but hasn’t gotten the answers he needs.

The premier says he’s set to speak to Pfizer, one the drugmakers that has entered into an agreement with Canada, this afternoon but expects he will be told the information must come from Ottawa.

Ford says he keeps seeing reports that other countries, such as the United Kingdom, are on track to start COVID-19 immunizations soon, and Ontarians “need answers.”

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Quebec

What you need to know

  • Quebec reported 1,177 new infections and 28 additional deaths on Dec. 1
  • The province has seen a total of 143,548 cases and 7,084 deaths, while more than 123,000 recoveries have been reported.

In Quebec, holiday gatherings are on the line as the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic bears down and some hospitals begin to reach capacity in the hard-hit province.

A final decision about Christmastime will be made Dec. 11, with Premier François Legault citing a high number of cases and a rise in hospitalizations linked to COVID-19.

“Currently, we’re not heading in the right direction,” he told reporters Tuesday in Quebec City, adding that he wants to be as transparent as possible about the health crisis.

The change comes as Quebec had already revised its Christmas plan and what is allowed over the holidays. The province had given the green light to two gatherings during a four-day period from Dec. 24 to 27 so long as people voluntarily quarantined the week before and after.

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New Brunswick

What you need to know

  • New Brunswick reported seven more cases on Dec. 1. There have now been 508 cases in total, 385 of whom have since recovered.
  • Seven deaths have occurred in the province overall and 126,678 tests have been administered.

As of Friday, all visitors to New Brunswick — regardless of whether they live in Atlantic Canada — are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

“Community transmission is a real concern in New Brunswick,” Premier Blaine Higgs told reporters Thursday as he announced the new rules. “At this point, community transmission has not been confirmed here but the threat is real. So taking swift action right now is important.”

Visitors to New Brunswick from any province, Atlantic Canada included, will have to pre-register, Higgs said. “Travellers who haven’t been registered are subject to fines.”

On Friday, Fredericton joined Moncton and Saint John in the heightened “orange” pandemic-alert level. Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said orange-level restrictions include a limit on gatherings to members of the same household, mandatory mask-wearing in public and a limit on non-essential travel.

Russell also advised residents to avoid close contact with anyone coming from Nova Scotia, particularly Halifax. In the past week, Newfoundland and Labrador has confirmed two positive COVID-19 cases linked to travel from Nova Scotia.

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Nova Scotia

What you need to know

  • Nova Scotia reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 1.
  • The total number of cases in the province is 1,315, with 65 deaths and 1,108 recoveries.

One of the new cases is connected to the Northeast Kings Education Centre high school in Canning, N.S. The school will remain closed for the week, and students will be learning remotely. Public health is investigating to determine whether the new case is connected to one previously reported in the school.

In a news release Monday, Premier Stephen McNeil said there has been strong public interest in the province’s pop-up rapid testing for people without COVID-19 symptoms. “These are important pieces of our collective effort to contain the virus,” McNeil said.

Health officials said 628 tests were administered at the pop-up site in Dartmouth on Sunday, yielding six positive results. The individuals involved were directed to self-isolate and have been referred for a standard test.

Meanwhile, the Nova Scotia Health Authority issued a public exposure notice concerning a bar and restaurant in downtown Halifax. People are asked to book a COVID-19 test if they were at the Highwayman on Barrington Street on Nov. 19 between 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Anyone who visited the Bluenose II Restaurant on Hollis Street on Nov. 23, Nov. 24, or Nov. 25 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. is asked to do the same.

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Prince Edward Island

What you need to know

  • P.E.I. did not report any new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 1. The provincial total stands at 72 cases, while at least 68 patients have recovered.
  • No deaths have been reported.

Health officials said during a rare weekend press conference that they have not been able to confirm the source of one of the new cases of COVID-19 announced the day before.

They said it’s unclear how a 15-year-old male student at Charlottetown Rural High School who also plays on a local hockey team contracted the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“The investigation is ongoing and at this point we are unable to identify a single source of infection,” P.E.I.’s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison told reporters on Sunday.

“We have been fortunate with all our previous cases in being able to identify a source or linkage giving us confidence that all our previous cases were related to out of province travel.”

Still, she said given the amount of testing completed in P.E.I., including 3,000 tests in the past week alone, Morrison said she is reassured the province does not have widespread community transmission.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

What you need to know

  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new case of COVID-19 on Dec. 1.
  • The province has seen 339 confirmed cases and four deaths, while 302 cases have recovered.

Newfoundland and Labrador is ramping up its traveller scrutiny. Starting Tuesday, all essential travellers will have to submit a form and obtain a reference number to show border officials when they arrive, according to a news release Monday.

The province pulled out of the so-called Atlantic bubble last week, closing travel to all non-residents except those arriving for purposes deemed essential.

As of Wednesday all visitors to the province from the Atlantic provinces will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, just like visitors from other parts of Canada.

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical officer of health, pointed last Monday to the ongoing outbreaks in New Brunswick and reported community spread in Nova Scotia when addressing how health officials would determine whether the bubble could be restored.

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Yukon

What you need to know

  • Yukon reported one new case of the coronavirus during its latest update on Nov. 30.
  • There have been 47 cases so far, 29 of whom have recovered. A total of 5,336 tests have also been administered.
  • The territory has seen one death from COVID-19.

Yukon is taking steps to help tourism businesses struggling to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of its ongoing 15-million dollar aid package, the territory has announced two programs to assist tourism-dependent operators.

The first provides one-million dollars to businesses such as restaurants and bars that rely on tourists for at least 60 per cent of their revenue, but have already used up other support programs and need help to break even.

The second offers 300-thousand dollars to tourism and culture operators who have lost audiences during the pandemic and are facing year-end deficits.

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Northwest Territories

What you need to know

  • The Northwest Territories confirmed no new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 1. The territory has now seen a total of 15 cases.
  • All of those cases have recovered, and 7,663 people have been tested to date.

The federal COVID Alert app is now linked to the health-care system in the Northwest Territories.

The free smartphone app lets people know if they were exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14-days.

Anyone in Canada can download the COVID Alert app, but B-C, Alberta, Yukon and Nunavut have still not signed on to link it to their health-care systems.

 

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Nunavut

What you need to know

  • Nunavut reported one new case of COVID-19 on Dec. 1. There have been 182 cases to date, 89 of which have now recovered.
  • The territory previously confirmed multiple cases at a pair of local mines, though all of those cases are out-of-territory workers and are counted by their home jurisdictions.
  • Over 4,800 people have been tested.

Nunavut is to start lifting a two-week lockdown on Wednesday as more people infected with COVID-19 recover.

The lockdown that shuttered all schools and non-essential businesses was put in place on Nov. 18 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in the territory early this month.

Dr. Michael Patterson, chief public health officer, says 108 cases remain active.

Patterson says only Arviat, which has 86 active cases, will remain in lockdown for at least another two weeks and travel to the community will still be restricted.

In all other parts of the territory schools can open part time.

Patterson warns that if another outbreak occurs, restrictions will be reintroduced.

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, Alexander Quon, 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