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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.


The latest on January 21

  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces have brought the national total to over 738,664 cases and more than 18,782 deaths. Over 652,666 people have recovered, leaving over 64,568 active cases across the country. More than 20.9 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.

Despite lockdowns and campaigns urging people to stay home, the total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Canada continued to climb in January, surpassing 730,000 confirmed cases.

And as the number of total cases increased, so too did the number of those hospitalized with roughly 4,700 people being treated in hospital across the country.

We’re seeing a pretty significant number of COVID-19 cases in many communities across the country,” Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist and physician at Toronto General Hospital, told Global News.

“The hospital systems are starting to get overwhelmed and … we’re starting to see hospitals shift gears such that they can provide surge capacity, basically limiting some care in other areas so that they can provide care for an influx of patients infected with COVID-19. It’s pretty challenging.”

Health Canada has announced its approval of two vaccines in December after reviewing clinical trial data submitted by Pfizer and BioNTech — the makers of the first vaccine approved for use in Canada — and Moderna.

The regulator emphasized there have been no serious safety concerns for either vaccine.

The approvals come as hospitalizations and deaths are rising after weeks of escalating infections across the country. Canada is now averaging 7,000 new cases per day, while over 100 deaths are also being reported daily.

The number of people in hospital, meanwhile, has surpassed the first peak seen in the spring.

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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 564 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 21, representing data from the past 72 hours, bringing the province’s total to 62,412.
  • Fifteen new deaths brought the province’s death toll to 1,119, while 55,564 cases have recovered.

The number of British Columbians in hospital with COVID-19 hit a seven-week low last week, as the province added another 500 cases and 14 deaths.

In a written statement, officials said there were 320 people in hospital with the virus — down nine overnight and the lowest since Nov. 30.

Sixty-six of those patients were in critical or intensive care — the lowest since Nov. 26.

Officials said they have administered 98,125 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

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What you need to know

  • Alberta reported 643 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 22, along with 12 more deaths.
  • There were 691 people in hospital with COVID-19 on Jan. 22.

On Friday, Alberta Health confirmed the province received a shipment of Pfizer vaccine this week that contained 21,450 doses.

About 97,785 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Albertans. However, as of Wednesday, Alberta Health Services had administered just 7,272 second doses.

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What you need to know

  • Saskatchewan announced 312 new infections on Jan. 22. The province has now seen a total of 20,874 cases of the virus.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 225 after six more deaths were reported, while 16,078 people have recovered from the virus.

Officials said more than 22,000 vaccine shots have gone into the arms of doctors and nurses working directly with COVID-19 patients, as well as staff and residents in long-term care homes and some seniors. Nearly half of those shots were administered over the past four days, Premier Scott Moe said Monday.

To encourage vaccinations, documents posted on the government’s procurement website show the Ministry of Health is shopping for a production company to shoot some TV ads next month “to raise public awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated.”

Last week, the province’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, said he would recommend that the Saskatchewan Party government implement stricter public-health restrictions if he keeps seeing 300 or more infections reported daily.

The current public-health order prohibits household guests, as well as restricts business capacity and worship services. It is set to expire next Friday.

“The government and Dr. Shahab are continuously monitoring the case numbers and have not ruled out adjustments before that time,” Julie Leggott, Moe’s press secretary, said in a statement.

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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 173 new cases on Jan. 22, as well as two more deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 28,260 infections, an unknown number of which are considered probable cases.
  • The province’s death toll now stands at 795, while at least 24,204 people have recovered overall.

The Manitoba government is making “modest changes” to current COVID-19 public health orders, including allowing all retail stores to reopen up to 25 per cent capacity and eliminating the current list of items not allowed to be sold in stores.

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The province’s current set of public health orders, which includes tight restrictions on non-essential store openings and public gatherings, have been in place since mid-November and are set to expire Friday at midnight.

On Thursday the province released a list of changes to the orders.

In addition to allowing retail stores to reopen, households can now have two designated people from outside their home to visit.

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What you need to know

  • Ontario reported 2,662 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 22 and 87 new deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 250,226 confirmed cases and 5,701 deaths from the virus. However, 219,262 individuals have recovered.

“Locally, there are 779 new cases in Toronto, 542 in Peel, 228 in York Region, 128 in Waterloo and 118 in Windsor-Essex County,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said of Friday’s report.

Over 71,700 additional tests were completed. Ontario has now completed a total of 9,196,591 tests and 41,819 remain under investigation.

The province indicated that the positivity rate for the last day was 3.3 per cent, which is the lowest that figure has been since Dec. 13, when it was 3.2 per cent.

Provincial figures showed there are 1,512 people hospitalized with the virus (down by 21), with 383 in intensive care (down by five), 291 of whom are on a ventilator (down by two).

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What you need to know

  • Quebec reported 1,631 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The province also recorded 88 additional deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 250,491 cases and 9,361 deaths to date, although more than 223,000 recoveries have been reported.

Quebec high school students returned to classrooms on Monday following a month-long, extended winter break imposed by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The return of high schoolers came one week after primary schools reopened last Monday. High school students are required to wear procedural masks at all times inside school buildings, and the province is providing each student two masks per day.

Quebec is reopening schools despite imposing a provincewide curfew between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. until at least Feb. 8. and despite ordering most businesses deemed non-essential closed.

Premier Francois Legault has said schools aren’t primary drivers of COVID-19 transmission and that the benefits to children of keeping them open outweigh the risks of contagion.

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New Brunswick

What you need to know

  • New Brunswick reported 26 new cases on Jan. 18. There have now been 973 cases in total, 656 of whom have since recovered.
  • Twelve deaths have occurred in the province overall because of the virus.

The largest number of new cases on Monday were identified in the Edmundston region, located in the northwest of the province, bordering Quebec, prompting officials to move the region into the province’s highest pandemic-alert level.

Red-level rules require businesses to close or to reduce operations to essential activities. Residents are asked to stay home in single-family bubbles as much as possible, though schools remain open. Outdoor gatherings are limited to five people or fewer, while in-person dining at restaurants is prohibited.

Many of the cases identified in the Edmundston zone are at the Nadeau Poultry plant in the community of Haut-Madawaska, west of Edmundston and near the border with Maine and Quebec.

Representatives of the company could not be reached for comment, but Public Health officials confirmed the outbreak and said a second round of mass testing will occur at the facility on Tuesday.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health, said on Sunday that Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton are close to moving into red alert.

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Nova Scotia

What you need to know

  • Nova Scotia reported four new cases of COVID-19 during its update on Jan. 22.
  • The total number of cases in the province is 1,557, with 65 deaths and 1,467 recoveries.

Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer says inmates in provincial jails will be considered for immunization, alongside other vulnerable populations, when there’s a larger supply of vaccine in the province.

Dr. Robert Strang said Friday that health workers and residents of long-term care homes will be vaccinated first in the weeks to come, adding that the next rollout will be targeted at older citizens.

However, prisoner advocacy group East Coast Prison Justice Society issued a statement this week saying conditions at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Halifax are inhumane, and that prisoners are spending most of their days in their cells.

The group says the province should prioritize vaccinating prisoners and corrections staff.

Strang responded by saying when “general immunization” begins in the spring, high priority will be given to African Nova Scotian and First Nations communities, along with people in homeless shelters and in prisons.

Strang, however, says planning for the vaccination rollout for all of those groups is still in the early stages.

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Prince Edward Island

What you need to know

  • P.E.I. reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 19. The provincial total stands at 108 cases, while at least 98 patients have recovered.
  • No deaths have been reported.

Premier Dennis King said Tuesday the low numbers on the Island are a flicker of hope when other jurisdictions have not been so fortunate.

King said if the province can continue on the same trajectory, the government should soon be able to ease restrictions on the size of public gatherings.

Chief medical officer Dr. Heather Morrison said the province is hoping to ease COVID-19 restrictions in two weeks after there has been sufficient time to see the impact of holiday travel.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

What you need to know

  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported one new cases on Jan. 22.
  • The province has seen 396 confirmed cases and four deaths, while 383 cases have recovered.

Both the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP have expressed dismay with the timing of Newfoundland and Labrador’s election, the fourth in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liberal Leader and incumbent Premier Andrew Furey called the election on Friday, as a snowstorm howled outside the glass doors of the provincial legislature.

Coffin told reporters Monday that people in her downtown district are concerned, not only about COVID-19, but about slips and falls on the notoriously icy streets of St. John’s. “I think mail-in ballots will be really important,” she said.

Voter turnout in the other three provincial elections has been mixed: numbers held steady compared to previous years in New Brunswick and in Saskatchewan, but they fell significantly in British Columbia.

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What you need to know

  • Yukon reported no new cases of the coronavirus during its last update on Jan. 18.
  • There have been 70 cases so far, 69 of whom have recovered. A total of 6,175 tests have also been administered.
  • The territory has seen one death from COVID-19.

Yukon’s chief medical officer of health says he can see the territory’s population achieving herd immunity within three months if the vaccine supplies come in as scheduled.

Dr. Brendan Hanley says any adult who would like to get a vaccine will have a chance to get one within a matter of weeks.

He says the territory is organizing a mass clinic in Whitehorse to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

Hanley says Yukon has fared better than other areas in Canada, but any chance of returning to normalcy will depend on how many people get the vaccine.

He says once herd immunity is reached, the government can look at winding down restrictions, although that is an issue that is being examined internationally.

Premier Sandy Silver says so far, 685 people have received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine and a shipment of 7,200 doses is scheduled to arrive this week.

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Northwest Territories

What you need to know

  • The Northwest Territories reported no new cases of COVID-19 in weeks on Jan. 18. The territory has seen a total of 28 cases.
  • A total of 24 cases have recovered, and 10,851 people have been tested to date.

The Northwest Territories has released its plan for when residents of its 33 communities will receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

The N.W.T. received 7,200 doses in the last days of 2020 and administered its first shots on Dec. 31 to long-term care residents and staff.

The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola, says about 130 residents have received their first doses of the vaccine so far.

Other long-term care residents in Yellowknife, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, Inuvik and Norman Wells were to receive their first doses the week of January.

Starting Jan. 4, all eligible residents in 11 communities will be able to get the vaccine. The remaining communities are scheduled to get the vaccine in February and March.

Health Minister Julie Green says the N.W.T. aims to have all eligible residents over 18 vaccinated by the end of March.

Green also says there is currently a worldwide shortage of the freezers that store the Moderna vaccine, but more should be arriving in Canada soon.

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What you need to know

  • Nunavut reported no new cases of COVID-19 during its last update on Jan. 18. There have been 266 cases to date, 265 of which have now recovered.
  • The territory’s first death related to the virus was reported on Dec. 19.
  • Over 2,500 people have been tested.

Nunavut officials are urging residents to get immunized against COVID-19 as the vaccine starts to roll out across the territory.

Nunavut’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, says about 400 people have so far received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine.

With 25 fly-in only communities spread across three time zones, the vaccine is being delivered to three or four communities at a time.

Community-wide vaccination clinics are being held this week in Gjoa Haven, Igoolik, Arviat and Cambridge Bay.

Patterson says the territory has received about 6,000 doses and expects another 6,000 to arrive later this week.

Starting next week, in Iqaluit, shelter clients and staff and anyone 65 or older can get the shot.

Patterson would not say which communities are to get the vaccine next, but an announcement will made in the coming days.

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