COVID-19: Ontario falls under 1,000 cases, Quebec under 300

After a testing third wave that brought it to the threshold of 5,000 cases per day, Ontario finally returned below the threshold of 1,000 daily infections on Monday for the first time in nearly three months.

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The most populous province in the country has recorded barely 916 cases in the last 24 hours, providing its first three-digit toll since March 6, at the dawn of a dizzying rise in contagion in the west of the Ottawa River which led to the imposition of the most draconian containment measures in the country.

In addition, only 13 deaths have been reported in the province, a number also down from the last few days.

Ontario hospitals remain very busy, however, particularly in the intensive care unit where 617 beds are still occupied by patients due to the virus.

Ontario is not the only province to pull its head above water. In Quebec, the number of cases has returned for the very first time since last September under the mark of 300 cases, with barely 276 infections announced on Monday and only one death.

Hospitalizations due to the virus did not vary much with 362 bedridden patients (-2), including 89 in intensive care (-1).

These encouraging data come as Quebec has taken another step towards deconfinement with the passage of the vast majority of regions in the orange zone, with the exception of Laval, Montreal and certain portions of Estrie, Chaudière-Appalaches and of Bas-Saint-Laurent.

Nova Scotians could also celebrate on Monday, when only 17 cases were added to the toll of this province, which has emerged from a particularly virulent third wave.

In doing so, the government announced the reopening of all schools in the province this week, including those in Halifax where the third wave was concentrated. In addition, citizens will be able to resume walking throughout Nova Scotia and no longer remain confined to their municipality as of Tuesday.

“This means you will be able to see your family and friends, but please stay outside for now,” Premier Iain Rankin said.

New Brunswick (12 cases), Prince Edward Island (2 cases) and Newfoundland and Labrador (2 cases) also continued to do well.

On the west side, Manitoba remained deep in the third wave on Monday with 303 more cases but only one death.

Alberta, with 263 infections, continues to improve its situation, although this toll has been clouded by the addition of eight deaths.

Saskatchewan has added 113 infections and 1 death to its data, while British Columbia has recorded 708 new cases in the past three days and 11 more deaths.

Ontario: 531,459 (8,757 deaths)

Quebec: 370,319 cases (11,128 deaths)

Alberta: 227,509 cases (2,227 deaths)

British Columbia: 144,289 cases (1,703 deaths)

Manitoba: 51,093 cases (1,053 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 46,748 cases (539 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 5,567 cases (85 deaths)

New Brunswick: 2,212 cases (43 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 1,311 cases (6 deaths)

Nunavut: 648 cases (4 deaths)

Prince Edward Island: 204 cases

Northwest Territories: 127 cases

Yukon: 84 cases (2 deaths)

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 1,381,583 cases (25,547 deaths)

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