Canada's COVID-19 case count surpasses 1 million

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 4, 2021

Health-care professionals administered 47,194 more vaccine doses bringing that total to 1,488,347, which is 17.5 per cent of the population.

Students cross the street at Tomken Road Middle School in Mississauga, Ont., on April 1, 2021.

Canada hit a grim milestone on Saturday when the country officially surpassed one million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Premier Francois Legault asked the province's citizens on Facebook to avoid gathering over the holiday weekend, and said other cities and regions will be put under further restrictions if cases spike.

This weekend there have been 709 new cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, 1,052 new cases in the Fraser Health region, 147 in the Island Health region, 149 in the Interior Health region, 33 in the Northern Health region and no new cases of people who reside outside of Canada.

Some provinces have introduced stricter public health measures in a bid to contain the spread of such variants, with Ontario entering a "shutdown" on Saturday. Quebec reported no new deaths in the past 24 hours. The province says the total released Saturday includes cases from a day earlier, since it didn't issue a report on the Good Friday holiday.

There is a disparity between cases confirmed by Island Health and the province due to timing.

In Quebec, there have been 1,424 B.1.1.7 (UK) confirmed cases, 154 B.1.351 (South African) cases, 12 B.1.525 (Nigerian) and two P.1 (Brazilian) cases for a total of 1,592.

Health officials say two cases are now under investigation in the Saint John region and involve a pair in their 40s.

Quebec, meanwhile, has seen daily cases back up over the 1,000 mark in the last few days after weeks of logging new infection rates in the triple digits, recording 1,282 cases on Saturday.

Health officials have also announced an outbreak at Residence Rolande Long in Edmundston after identifying one case of the disease.

Two cases have been identified in the central health region which includes Halifax - one is related to travel outside Atlantic Canada while the other is a close contact of a previously reported case.

Health officials in Nova Scotia are reporting four new cases of COVID-19 Saturday. The other two infections were found in the eastern zone and are both related to out-of-region travel.

Classrooms were shuttered throughout the province after the winter break in January and gradually reopened based on the local prevalence of COVID-19.

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