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Canada adds 247 new coronavirus cases as country celebrates Labour Day

A man and woman wearing protective face masks walk along Bloor Street in Toronto on Aug. 29, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
A man and woman wearing protective face masks walk along Bloor Street in Toronto on Aug. 29, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Rachel Verbin
Health officials in Canada reported 247 new novel coronavirus infections on Labour Day Monday, pushing the country’s total case count to 132,053.
Health authorities also said one more person had died after contracting the respiratory illness, bringing Canada’s total death toll to 9,146.
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However, a number of provinces and territories did not report new COVID-19 data on Monday due to the holiday.

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In Quebec — the province hardest-hit by the virus — 216 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, and health officials said one more person had died, bringing the province’s total death toll to 5,770.

So far, health authorities in Quebec have administered 1,721,867 tests, and 55,871 have recovered after contracting COVID-19.

Ontario health officials did not release any new data on the holiday Monday, but 158 new cases reported on Sunday brought the province’s case count to 43,161.

A total of 2,813 people have died from COVID-19 in Ontario, and 3,126,408 have been tested for the virus. 

Since the pandemic began, 38,958 have recovered after falling ill.

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Manitoba saw 15 new infections on Monday, bringing the provincial total to 1,338.

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However, health officials said no one else had died.

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So far, 146,064 tests for the virus have been administered in Manitoba, and 910 have recovered.

In Saskatchewan, 11 new COVID-19 cases were reported, but health officials said no more deaths had occurred.

A total of 150,747 people have been tested for the virus, and 1,580 have recovered.

Nova Scotia added one new case of the virus on Monday, but the province’s death toll remained at 65.

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More than 81,300 tests have been conducted in Nova Scotia and 1,017 have recovered from infections.

Neither New Brunswick or Newfoundland and Labrador reported a new case of the novel coronavirus, and health officials in each province said no additional deaths had occurred.

In New Brunswick, 64,188 tests have been administered, and 187 people have recovered after becoming infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador health officials have tested 33,483 people for the virus. 265 of the province’s cases are considered to be resolved.

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Prince Edward Island reported four new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the province’s total case load to 51.

Forty-four people have recovered after contracting the virus in PEI.

Neither British Columbia or Alberta released any new COVID-19 data on Monday.

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But the latest data released in British Columbia on Friday said the province has seen 6,077 cases of the virus since the pandemic began, and 211 deaths.

Officials in British Columbia have conducted more than 386,100 tests and 4,706 cases are considered to be recovered.

In Alberta, numbers released Friday said the province has seen 4,474 cases of the virus so far.

There have also been 242 deaths related to COVID-19 in the province.

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More than 1,005,000 tests have been conducted and 12,799 people have recovered from the virus in Alberta.

Cause for concern

In a statement on Monday, Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said the slow but steady increase in COVID-19 cases is cause for concern.

Tam said the average daily number of people testing positive over the last week is 545 — a 25 per cent increase over the previous week which saw a daily average of 435, and 390 a week before that.

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That number increased every day over the last week prompting Tam to remind Canadians not to get complacent about their risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

The territories

None of the territories released new COVID-19 data on the holiday Monday.

But according to the latest numbers released on Friday, all five of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Northwest Territories were considered to be resolved.

The territory has conducted 4,012 tests for the virus.

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In Yukon, all 15 of the cases of the virus previously detected have been resolved.

More than 2,700 people in the territory have been tested for the virus.

Nunavut has not yet confirmed a single case of COVID-19.

Global cases top 27 million

The number of novel coronavirus cases have now topped 27 million, according to a tally from John’s Hopkins University.

As of 7 p.m. ET, there were a total of 27,235,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide.

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Since the virus was first detected in Wuhan, China late last year, it has claimed 890,687 lives.

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The United States remained the epicentre of the pandemic on Monday with more than 6.2 million cases.

So far the virus has claimed 189,140 lives in the U.S.

— With files from The Canadian Press