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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 June 18

  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the provinces have brought the national total to over 1.4 million cases and more than 26,000 deaths. Over 1.36 million people have recovered, leaving over 12,300 active cases across the country. More than 36.6 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 has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since the middle of last September.

The country reported just 945 new cases on June 14, while the daily infection count dropped to 805 the following day — the lowest number since Sept. 15, 2020. The rest of the week saw cases hover just above 1,000 per day.

An analysis of data compiled by Global News found the seven-day average as of June 17 was 1,139.9 cases, the lowest number recorded since Sept. 23 of last year.

The country’s daily vaccination rate too has been steady over the past two weeks.

On June 19, Canada hit the vaccination milestone of inoculating at least 75 per cent of its eligible population with one dose and 20 per cent with both. As of Sunday, more than 32,106,421 doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across Canada.

So far, 25,093,507 Canadians have received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, while 7,012,914 Canadians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, having received both required doses.

Hospitalizations have also seen a significant drop.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam told a press conference on June 15 that the latest seven-day average of those seeking treatment in hospital for COVID-19 has dropped more than 65 per cent since the peak of the third wave in mid-April, with under 1,600 patients daily.

Just over 700 people are being treated in intensive care units, Tam added, while the average number of deaths per day has dropped to 25.

Tam 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.

Canada is set to hit those targets this week.

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.

“If we model the Delta variant now and put that into that model … it does mean that even higher vaccination coverage would be even better at protection against the hospitalizations and overwhelming the health system,” said Tam.

She said 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.

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 109 new cases of COVID-19 on June 18. The new infections bring the province’s total to 146,902.
  • One new death raised the province’s death toll to 1,740. At least 143,748 cases have recovered.

Students and parents can expect a near-normal return to school in British Columbia this fall as regular activities like assemblies and field trips are phased in and any transmission of COVID-19 is monitored.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says there will be a “heightened concern” if the virus starts to spread, but public health teams would manage it as any other communicable disease such as influenza.

Henry says some school activities may have to be temporarily suspended and timing of classes could be changed to prevent crowding in hallways, but regular measures like handwashing will continue to be emphasized.

She says initiatives that kept the vast majority of B.C. schools open daily this year and a high rate of vaccination have paved the way for a smooth transition back to school in September, when parents can again be more involved in activities.

Education Minister Jennifer Whiteside says the province will continue working with a committee that includes educators, parents and public health experts to finalize plans over the summer.

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Alberta

What you need to know

  • Alberta identified 100 new COVID-19 cases on June 20, along with one new coronavirus-related death.
  • The province has seen a total of 231,359 cases and 2,290 deaths to date. So far, 226,942 people have recovered.

On Sunday, Alberta Health said there were a total of 2,127 active COVID-19 cases across the province, a number that has been dropping consistently for weeks.

There were 214 Albertans in hospital with the virus, 53 of whom were being treated in ICU.

On Friday, Premier Jason Kenney announced that Alberta has surpassed its benchmark Thursday for lifting most public health restrictions now that more than 70 per cent of people 12 and older in the province are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19.

As a result, barring a massive spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations, most pandemic-related restrictions in Alberta, including the requirement to wear masks and the ban on indoor social gatherings, will be removed July 1.

The government also announced Friday that anyone who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in May is now eligible to book their second dose.

Alberta has administered more than 3.7 million vaccine doses and nearly 30 per cent of those eligible have had the required two shots.

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Saskatchewan

What you need to know

  • Saskatchewan announced 98 new infections on June 18. The province has now seen a total of 48,327 cases of the virus.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 562 after one new death was reported, while 47,002 people have recovered from the virus.

Saskatchewan continues to inch closer to the vaccination threshold for Step 3 of the province’s reopening road map.

Currently, 69 per cent of Saskatchewan adults have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Step 3 is scheduled to begin three weeks after 70 per cent of this age group have received their first dose.

The second step in Saskatchewan’s reopening plan, which will relax restrictions on bars, restaurants, gatherings and places of worship, is scheduled to begin this Sunday.

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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 189 new cases in the latest update on June 18, and three new deaths.
  • The province has seen a total of 55,098 infections, an unknown number of which are considered probable cases.
  • The province’s death toll stands at 1,115 while at least 51,547 people have recovered overall.

A group of local physicians is raising alarm bells about a new variant of COVID-19 that could threaten Manitoba’s reopening plans — and maybe even nix plans to reopen schools in September.

According to a statement from a dozen experts in the field, the new, highly transmissible Delta variant is expected to become the dominant strain of the virus in Manitoba within weeks, and the potential impact it could have would be enough to set back efforts considerably.

The doctors said this variant was not considered in the province’s reopening plans, and the government’s response to the variant will dictate whether Manitoba faces a fourth wave of COVID-19 or not.

The doctors are calling for strong public health measures in addition to increased vaccinations over the next few months, and warn that unvaccinated children, who are expected to be going back to in-person schooling this fall, could bear the brunt of the dangerous new strain.

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Ontario

What you need to know

  • Ontario reported 345 new cases of COVID-19 on June 18, along with one new death.
  • The province has seen a total of 541,525 confirmed cases and 8,994 deaths from the virus. However, 528,421 individuals have recovered.

Ontario says residents who got a first shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can still opt to get it as their second dose.

The province’s position comes after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization said Thursday that people who got AstraZeneca as a first shot should get the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna mRNA vaccines as a second dose.

The guidance was updated because of evidence of a stronger immune response with that mix of doses and a lower risk of rare but serious blood clots.

Ontario said Friday that it will still allow AstraZeneca recipients to decide whether to get the same vaccine or a different mRNA shot as a second dose.

“If you had AstraZeneca for your first dose, you can safely take either AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer for your second dose for strong protection,” Alexandra Hilkene, a spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott said in a statement.

“To ensure maximum protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, Ontarians should get vaccinated as soon as they can and book their second dose as soon as they are eligible.”

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Quebec

What you need to know

  • Quebec reported 127 new cases of COVID-19 on June 18 and two more deaths linked to the virus.
  • The province has seen a total of 373,658 cases and 11,180 deaths to date, although more than 360,000 recoveries have been reported.

Premier Francois Legault’s government had encouraged people 45 and over to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine before it stopped administering first doses of the vaccine due to concerns about rare blood clots and with increased availability of other vaccines.

The province has sent mixed messages in recent days about whether people who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should get a second dose of the same vaccine or opt for one of the others.

On Friday, Legault insisted what’s most important is that people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca get a booster shot — no matter which vaccine they choose.

Legault said public health has advised that for people who have received a first dose of AstraZeneca, getting a dose of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna as a booster may offer slightly more protection, while increasing the risk of temporary side-effects.

Quebec’s public health institute said Friday that 79.8 per cent of residents over 12 have received at least one dose of vaccine and 16.8 per cent of residents are now adequately vaccinated.

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New Brunswick

What you need to know

  • New Brunswick reported two new cases of COVID-19 on June 20.
  • There have been 2,318 cases in total, at least 2,216 of whom have since recovered. The province’s death toll stands at 45 people.

All New Brunswickers will be able to book their COVID-19 second dose appointments tomorrow, so long as 28 days have passed since their first dose.

Appointments can be made through a participating pharmacy or at a Vitalité or Horizon health network clinic.

As of right now, 76.3 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers have received their first dose, and 18.7 per cent are fully vaccinated.

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Nova Scotia

What you need to know

  • Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 on June 20.
  • The total number of cases in the province is 5,251, with 90 deaths and 5,618 recoveries.

Nova Scotia is reporting its lowest daily COVID-19 case number in two months — with just two new cases on Sunday.

The province also had seven recoveries, bringing the total number of active cases to 83.

The two new cases are in Central Zone and both are close contacts of previously-reported cases.

“The declining case numbers show that our cautious approach to reopening is working,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, in a news release.

“Let’s keep up the good work, following the public health measures, getting vaccinated and getting tested regularly.”

 

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Prince Edward Island

What you need to know

  • P.E.I. reported no new cases on June 19. The provincial total stands at 206 cases, all of whom have recovered.
  • No deaths have been reported.

Prince Edward Island currently has no active cases of COVID-19.

On Thursday, the province announced Atlantic Canadians can apply for a “PEI Pass” that will expedite entry to the province starting on June 27.

“All Islanders, Atlantic Canadians and visitors who have been residing in the region for a minimum of two full weeks, and who have received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine 21 or more days before entering PEI can now apply online at Apply for a PEI Pass for travel to PEI,” the province said in a release.

“Canadians from outside the Atlantic region and the Magdalen Islands can begin applying for their PEI Pass as early as July 7.”

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Newfoundland and Labrador

What you need to know

  • Newfoundland and Labrador reported no new cases on June 18.
  • The province has seen 1,383 confirmed cases and seven deaths, while 1,350 cases have recovered.

There are no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Newfoundland and Labrador on June 18.

Currently, there are 22 active cases in the province, with two people in hospital.

The province said it has concluded an investigation into a cluster of cases in the central health region. While it wasn’t able to find a source for the cluster, the level of risk has been deemed low at this time.

It also concluded an investigation into a case reported in the central region on June 9, but was unable to find a source for the infection.

An investigation into a cluster of cases in the western health zone is ongoing. That cluster is linked to 42 cases.

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Yukon

What you need to know

  • Yukon reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on June 18.
  • There have been 153 cases so far, 91 of whom have recovered. The territory has seen three deaths from COVID-19.

Yukon’s premier says enforcement will be stepped up to try and ensure compliance with COVID-19 measures as infections continue rising, but no new restrictions will be introduced to deal with what he calls a “serious situation.”

Sandy Silver says an outbreak that has brought the territory’s total number of cases since the pandemic began to 136 is linked to graduation events at a high school, two classes at an elementary school and several groups that gathered for bush parties, house parties and at bars.

He says the territory will add resources to boost enforcement where necessary and is working with the RCMP to make sure people are fined for violating restrictions.

Silver is also encouraging Yukoners to anonymously call a hotline to report those breaking rules by attending uncontrolled social gatherings, failing to isolate or providing false information.

Chief medical health officer Dr. Brendan Hanley says those who are not vaccinated represent the fuel that will further ignite the virus, especially as the more transmissible Gamma variant, which was first detected in Brazil, makes up most of the new cases.

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Northwest Territories

What you need to know

  • The Northwest Territories reported no new cases of COVID-19 on June 18.
  • The territory has seen a total of 128 local cases. Officials say all cases have recovered, and no deaths have been reported.

All COVID-19 public health restrictions could be lifted by the fall under a reopening plan released by the Northwest Territories.

The plan sets specific targets, not dates, for reopening based on vaccination rates and infections both in Canada and the territory.

Some restrictions were eased last Wednesday. Up to 200 people can gather outdoors with proper physical distancing. That means outdoor sports, games, music festivals and garage sales can take place.

By early July, the aim is to allow indoor gatherings of up to 200 people, and to allow restaurants, stores, offices and businesses to operate at normal capacity.

By early summer, self-isolation requirements are to be removed for fully-vaccinated N.W.T. residents entering the territory if first dose rates increase across Canada and daily COVID-19 cases are fewer than 1,000. Partially vaccinated residents would still need to isolate for eight days with testing. Unvaccinated residents would need to self-isolate for 10 days with testing.

The plan states that by late summer or early fall, the territory will allow non-residents to travel to the N.W.T. if 75 per cent of the total population is fully vaccinated.

As of June 15, 70 per cent of N.W.T. adults were partially vaccinated and 63 per cent were fully vaccinated.

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Nunavut

What you need to know

  • Nunavut no new cases in its latest update on June 18. There have been 657 cases to date, 645 of which have now recovered.
  • The territory has seen four deaths from the virus.

Youth in a community that had Nunavut’s biggest outbreak of COVID-19 will each get a $100 gift card if they get a jab this weekend.

Anyone aged 12 to 17 in Arviat can get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at their local health centre as eligibility for teens continues to roll out in Nunavut through June and July.

The gift cards being offered to youth in Arviat can be spent at any store in the small community.

There were 339 cases of COVID-19 in Arviat, where an outbreak shut down the community for over six months and resulted in the death of one person.

In Iqaluit, where an outbreak of COVID-19 continues, vaccination clinics are offering $25 dollar vouchers and $500 draw prizes.

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