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Coronavirus tracker: how many new cases of COVID-19 in Canada 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 April 22

  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces have brought the national total to over 1,155,000 cases and more than 23,800 deaths. Over 1,045,000 people have recovered, leaving over 86,000 active cases across the country. More than 31.1 million tests have been performed to date.

This chart includes confirmed, presumptive and epidemiologically-linked cases in all provincial totals as of Jan. 14, 2021. Breakdowns of cases and testing can be found on provincial websites.

Several Canadian provinces have reverted back to stringent restrictions as more transmissible, and possibly more deadly COVID-19 variants of concern drive record-setting daily case numbers across the country.

As of April 11, at least 33,133 cases of variants of concern had been reported across Canada, including 31,567 involving B.1.1.7 variants first discovered in Britain.

More than 1,500 combined cases of two other variants — the B.1.351 variant originally found in South Africa, and the P.1 variant that originated in Brazil — were also identified on April 11.

Experts have previously told Global News that virus mutation is inevitable, but the rapid spread of these COVID-19 variants has been likened to a “forest fire” that needs to be stamped out.

“We are starting a variant-driven third wave now,” said Colin Furness, an infection control epidemiologist and assistant professor at the University of Toronto, recently told Global News.

Health Canada has approved four vaccines so far: the mRNA vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna as well as shots from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

The regulator emphasized there have been no serious safety concerns for any of the vaccines.

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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 1,006 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22. The new infections bring the province’s total to 122,757.
  • Four new deaths brought the province’s death toll to 1,550. At least 112,235 cases have recovered.

Hundreds of scheduled surgeries in British Columbia have been postponed as the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals reaches a new peak.

Health Minister Adrian Dix said Thursday that 1,750 surgeries at nine affected hospitals in the Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health regions have been delayed.

Dix said it would be “disappointing” news for some patients and their families, because while the surgeries are non-urgent, every one of them is medically necessary.

“Right now the need to staff surge capacity means that we’ll have to reduce some services,” he said during a news conference updating COVID-19 in the province. “Our critical care and ICU staff are tired. It has been a long, long year, and they need some relief.”

There are 502 people in hospital and more than 160 of those are in intensive care units.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said pressure on B.C.’s health-care system is “immense” right now.

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Alberta

What you need to know

  • Alberta identified 1,857 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22.
  • Alberta announced on April 22 that 1,326 variant cases of concern were identified in the previous 24 hours. Variant cases account for about 60 per cent of current active COVID-19 cases.

Alberta has recorded its first case of a new COVID-19 variant that is wreaking havoc in India as the province deals with another surge in cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, says the province has confirmed a case of the B.1.617 variant first identified in Denmark and also found in California.

Hinshaw says it was brought to Alberta by an interprovincial traveller.

The so-called “double mutant” variant of COVID-19 is feared to be driving a record surge in new cases in India.

Hinshaw noted there are 518 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 116 in intensive care.

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Saskatchewan

What you need to know

  • Saskatchewan announced 254 new infections on April 22. The province has now seen a total of 39,137 cases of the virus.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 470 after one new death were reported, while 36,162 people have recovered from the virus.

Premier Scott Moe touted during question period Wednesday that Saskatchewan is leading the country when it comes to administering first vaccinations.

“Our way through this pandemic, everyone’s plan to get through this pandemic, is to get everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Moe said.

More than 365,000 doses of vaccine have been given in Saskatchewan. Health officials say 53 per cent of residents over the age of 40 have received their first shot.

It puts Saskatchewan — with a population of just under 1.18 million — ahead of other provinces when it comes to doses delivered per capita. Data from a COVID-19 vaccination tracker, run by University of Saskatchewan students using federal and provincial data, suggests the province in outpacing Ontario and Quebec.

Moe credits his Saskatchewan Party’s “robust vaccination plan,” which he says will be augmented in the coming days. Eligibility for all vaccines was lowered to 44 on Thursday, except for in the north where it went down to 40. It’s expected to drop to 40 for the general population by Wednesday.

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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 261 new cases in the latest update on April 22, with one new death.
  • The province has seen a total of 36,890 infections, an unknown number of which are considered probable cases.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 962 while at least 34,246 people have recovered overall.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister rejected calls Thursday to immediately toughen public-health orders as daily COVID-19 case counts continued to rise.

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Pallister said he is willing to impose tighter rules if need be, but Manitoba already has a long list of restrictions on travel, social gatherings and more.

“Our restrictions, which are and continue to be some of the most limiting in the country … have effectively helped Manitobans to bend the curve down,” Pallister said.

“We’re continually monitoring the situation with the guidance of our public health officials. And although I know there are probably a hundred thousand other people out there that have opinions, I’m going to stick with (chief public health officer Dr.) Brent Roussin as my principal adviser when it comes to this.”

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman had called for tougher measures Wednesday. He said the third wave of the pandemic had clearly begun.

Manitoba currently requires anyone arriving in the province to self-isolate for 14 days and caps outdoor public gatherings at 10 people. Retail outlets have strict capacity limits. Restaurants can only seat members of the same household together at indoor tables. People can only have two designated visitors inside their homes.

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Ontario

What you need to know

  • Ontario reported 3,682 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22, along with 40 new deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 432,805 confirmed cases and 7,829 deaths from the virus. However, 383,014 individuals have recovered.

A visibly emotional Premier Doug Ford apologized on Thursday for new COVID-19 restrictions that sparked a furious backlash as he confirmed the government would bring in a paid sick-leave program for workers after months of refusing to do so.

Choking back tears, Ford said he was sorry for increasing police enforcement powers and closing playgrounds last Friday — measures that were rolled back amid an onslaught of criticism — and that his government got it wrong.

The government had announced the new restrictions amid soaring COVID-19 cases and an alarming rise in people in hospital and intensive care. Critics were especially incensed at the government handing police the power to stop people at random to ask why they were out during the province’s current stay-at-home order.

Ford said the measures had been brought in too fast as the government sought to act in the face of dire COVID-19 projections.

The premier also said people forced into quarantine due to the pandemic should not have to worry about their jobs or income. The province was now working on a sick-leave program because the federal government hadn’t expanded an existing benefit, he said, although he did not provide a timeline or further specifics.

Ford’s apology and sick-leave confirmation came came Thursday at his first news conference since he announced the new COVID-19 regulations late last week. He was in self-isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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Quebec

What you need to know

  • Quebec reported 1,248 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22 and seven additional deaths linked to the virus.
  • The province has seen a total of 341,645 cases and 10,845 deaths to date, although more than 318,000 recoveries have been reported.

Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube says he trusts Quebecers to follow the honour system and not skip the line when vaccination appointments open for more people with chronic illnesses.

People with conditions such as diabetes, obesity and respiratory problems can start making appointments Friday morning, Dube told reporters Thursday, adding that those with physical or intellectual disabilities can start booking their shots on April 28.

Quebec had previously opened vaccination appointments to people with chronic illnesses who require regular hospital care, such as cancer patients and organ transplant recipients. Dube said he is not requiring newly eligible people to prove they are ill before they get vaccinated, adding that he doesn’t want health-care workers to “play police.”

The new rules give vaccine access to about 300,000 more people with chronic illnesses and 250,000 people with disabilities as well as their caregivers, Dube said.

Daniel Pare, head of Quebec’s vaccination campaign, told reporters that the news on Thursday that more than one million expected doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine would not be arriving to Canada from India won’t impact the plan.

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New Brunswick

What you need to know

  • New Brunswick reported 19 new cases on April 22. There have been 1,823 cases in total, at least 1,642 of whom have since recovered.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 34 people.

The premier of New Brunswick says he’s disappointed to hear some people are still not following public health restrictions more than a year into the pandemic.

Blaine Higgs made the comments at a news conference Thursday, noting that most people are following the rules.

“I have been disappointed by a few stories of people blatantly violating regulations by failing to wear a mask, participating in large gatherings and failing to self-isolate properly when required,” he said.

Higgs said a number of tickets were issued for violations this week in the Edmundston region in the northwest of the province where the majority of active cases of COVID-19 are located.

Part of that region, known as Zone 4, has been under a lockdown for the last 12 days, and chief medical health officer Dr. Jennifer Russell said the status of the lockdown will be reassessed on Monday.

“We recognize that Zone 4 has been making progress, and cases are slowly decreasing, but we need to wait a few more days to ensure this trend continues,” she said

While 94 per cent of residents in the province’s long-term care homes have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, only 47 per cent of staff in the homes have been vaccinated, and Higgs said he wants to see that number higher.

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Nova Scotia

What you need to know

  • Nova Scotia reported 38 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22.
  • The total number of cases in the province is 1,894 with 67 deaths and 1,716 recoveries.

Atlantic Canada’s largest city is going back into COVID-19 lockdown after Nova Scotia on Thursday reported its highest single-day case count since last spring.

Premier Iain Rankin said the new “circuit-breaker” restrictions begin at 8 a.m. Friday and will remain in place until at least May 20.

“Our case numbers are rising too rapidly,” he told reporters. “Make no mistake, there is a lot at stake here.”

The new restrictions limit outdoor and indoor gatherings to five people and prohibit large gatherings, including social events, festivals, sports and wedding receptions. People are asked not to travel into or out of the Halifax area unless it is absolutely necessary. Travel will be allowed for school, work, health care and legal requirements.

Most schools and all childcare centres remain open, but several schools in the Dartmouth, N.S., area will close on Friday and students will move to at-home learning for the next two weeks.

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Prince Edward Island

What you need to know

  • P.E.I. reported one new case of COVID-19 on April 22. The provincial total stands at 175 cases, at least 163 of whom have recovered.
  • No deaths have been reported.

Prince Edward Island says it will receive double the number it expected of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in May and June.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Heather Morrison says the extra 47,430 doses will mean more people will get their first doses sooner and others won’t have to wait as long for booster shots.

She says health officials expect to be able to offer everyone a booster shot no later than 12 weeks after their first dose.

Starting next week, people in their 40s can begin booking vaccination appointments on the Island.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

What you need to know

  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported three new cases on April 22.
  • The province has seen 1,052 confirmed cases and six deaths, while 1,016 cases have recovered.

Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting three new cases of COVID-19.

The first case involves a man in his 60s in the eastern health region and is related to travel inside Canada.

The other two are in the western health region — a woman between 20 and 39 years old and a male under 20 — and both are close contacts of previous cases.

The province currently has 26 active infections but no hospitalizations.

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Yukon

What you need to know

  • Yukon reported two new cases of the coronavirus during its last update on April 22.
  • There have been 80 confirmed cases so far, 75 of whom have recovered.
  • The territory has seen one death from COVID-19.

Yukon is reporting 622 new vaccinations administered for a total of 46,593 doses given.

The territory has administered doses at a rate of 1,116.508 per 1,000. In the territory, 50.77 per cent (21,185) of the population has been fully vaccinated.

There were zero new vaccines delivered to Yukon for a total of 54,320 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 130 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 85.78 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Yukon government says 71 per cent of the territory’s eligible resident have received their first COVID-19 vaccination as it makes plan for returning students and seasonal workers to get their shots.

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon’s chief medical officer of health, says students returning to Yukon, along with seasonal workers, would be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine during their mandatory self-isolation, provided they test negative for the virus after taking a rapid test.

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Northwest Territories

What you need to know

  • The Northwest Territories reported one new case of COVID-19 during its last update on April 22. The territory has seen a total of 52 local cases.
  • Officials say 49 cases have recovered, and no deaths have been reported.

The Northwest Territories reported 3,429 new vaccinations administered last week, for a total of 44,646 doses given.

The territory has administered doses at a rate of 913.518 per 1,000. In the territory, 36.51 per cent (16,471) of the population has been fully vaccinated.

There were zero new vaccines delivered to the Northwest Territories for a total of 51,600 doses delivered so far. The territory has received enough of the vaccine to give 110 per cent of its population a single dose. The territory has used 86.52 per cent of its available vaccine supply.

The Northwest Territories is providing vaccines to those 18 and older and expects to finish its rollout by the end of April.

Unlike other jurisdictions that give daily updates, the territory only reports vaccine data every Monday.

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Nunavut

What you need to know

  • Nunavut reported three new cases during its last update on April 22. There have been 432 cases to date, 392 of which have now recovered.
  • The territory has seen four deaths from the virus.

Nunavut is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the territory’s active case count to 36.

There are 34 cases in Iqaluit and two in Kinngait, which have been linked to the outbreak in Iqaluit.

Both communities are under strict lockdowns, with all schools, non-essential businesses and workplaces closed.

To date, 14,742 adults in the territory of 40,000 have had one dose of the Moderna vaccine and 11,830 people have had the required two doses.

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