While Quebec left the threat of a new complete containment hanging over Tuesday, other provinces have stepped up their measures to fight COVID-19.
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This is particularly the case of Alberta, which on Tuesday unveiled the worst record in the country in terms of new infections with 1,727 cases and 9 more deaths.
Faced with the second wave which is currently breaking more strongly in this province than anywhere else in Canada, Prime Minister Jason Kenney, hardly a supporter of containment measures, had to resign himself to ordering the closure of dining rooms in restaurants and bars, gyms and hairdressing salons.
Retail businesses will be able to remain open, but will only be able to accommodate 15% of their usual number of customers.
These restrictions will remain in place for at least four weeks.
“If we do not take stronger action now, we know that hundreds, potentially thousands of Albertans could die,” admitted Premier Jason Kenney, before adding that he cannot “let this happen. produce”.
Alberta’s healthcare system is currently under high pressure with 654 patients with COVID-19, including 112 in intensive care. In comparison, Quebec has 835 patients with the virus in its hospitals, including 114 in intensive care, despite a population twice as large.
It must be said that imposing containment seems to be bearing fruit elsewhere in the country. In Manitoba, one of the provinces hardest hit by the second wave, 245 infections and 13 deaths were reported on Tuesday.
While deaths continue to pile up faster in Manitoba than anywhere else in the country on a population basis, the number of new cases per day has fallen by almost half since the imposition of a full containment in the province three weeks ago.
This confinement will also be renewed at least until the beginning of 2021, announced the chief health officer of the province, Dr. Brent Roussin.
Further east, Quebec and, above all, Ontario posted declines in their number of new cases.
In the case of Quebec, the decline was minimal under a toll of 1564 infections and 36 deaths, a handful of infections less than the day before (1577).
The improvement was most substantial in Ontario, which had just broken its record for three straight days.
The most populous province in the country, by virtue of a record cumulating 1,676 cases and 10 deaths, has finally fallen below the level of 1,700 cases per day for the first time since November 26.
In the Maritimes, New Brunswick (5 cases) and Nova Scotia (7 cases) remained the two provinces most affected by the virus.
A total of 5,975 positive tests have been identified across the country in the past 24 hours, while 90 deaths have been reported from coast to coast. The Canadian toll now stands at 429,034 cases and 12,867 deaths.
The situation in Canada:
Quebec: 154,740 cases (7,313 deaths)
Ontario: 130,910 cases (3,808 deaths)
Alberta: 72,028 cases (640 deaths)
British Columbia: 38,718 cases (543 deaths)
Manitoba: 19,376 cases (420 deaths)
Saskatchewan: 10,597 cases (66 deaths)
Nova Scotia: 1,383 cases (65 deaths)
New Brunswick: 541 cases (7 deaths)
Newfoundland and Labrador: 352 cases (4 deaths)
Nunavut: 220 cases
Prince Edward Island: 84 cases
Yukon: 58 cases (1 death)
Northwest Territories: 15 cases
Canadian returnees: 13 cases
Total: 429,035 cases (12,867 deaths)