Canada added 6,203 corona virus cases on Sunday as Nunavut recorded its first deaths from the virus, and Ontario sets its sights on further locking operations.
There are now 507,392 cases in Canada, which crossed 500,000 on Saturday. The last 100,000 cases were reported in 15 days, the shortest developmental period since the outbreak in March.
Seventy-four deaths were reported on Sunday, bringing Canada’s total to 14,228.
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“This is a very sad day,” Nunavut Prime Minister Joe Savigadak said on Sunday. “On behalf of the Nunavut Government, we extend our thoughts and condolences to the family, the Arviat and Rankin Inlet communities and all Nunavut at this difficult time.”
In Ontario, 2,316 cases were reported on Sunday, with more than 2,000 cases for the sixth day in a row. Twenty-five deaths have been reported, and 875 are currently in hospital – down 20 from the previous day.
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Global News learned on Sunday that the province was set to announce a provincial-wide lockout on Monday, 28 days for most of the province and two weeks for the north. Schools will also be affected, with high schools canceling class learning for full lockout and elementary students not returning to classes until Jan. 11.
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In Quebec, 2,146 cases were reported on Sunday, the second time more than 2,000 cases. Three deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours and 18 in the past week. The province currently has 1,010 people in hospital, up from five the previous day. More than 1,000 people were hospitalized earlier in the week.
Health Minister Christian Dubey said the high number of hospitalizations puts a strain on the province’s health care system.
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“The pressure on our health care network and our staff is strong. We need to limit our contacts if we want to reverse this trend,” Dubey tweeted Sunday.
There were 1,286 corona virus cases and 10 deaths reported in Alberta on Sunday. There are currently 19,201 active cases in the province and 760 people are hospitalized.
There are 226 new cases and three deaths reported in Saskatchewan, with 3,880 cases currently pending.
Manitoba announced 229 new cases and 13 deaths on Sunday, including one man in his 30s. There are currently 5,749 active cases in the province and 302 in the hospital.
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British Columbia did not release any numbers on Sunday.
New Brunswick did not announce any new cases, but dropped four previously registered cases because two were false-positive and two were already registered in the provinces.
Nova Scotia has registered two new cases, while the new restrictions, such as restricting meetings to 10 people, will take effect from midnight on Monday.
No new cases have been reported in PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador or Yukon or the Northwest Territories.
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The world has seen 76.77 million corona viruses and 1.6 million deaths so far, according to Johns Hopkins University. The current highest number of cases in the United States is 17.8 million and the death toll is 317,656.
With files from Global News Staff and Canadian Press
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