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The numbers of the week : 4654
This is the number of people in Quebec who received a positive test result to the coronavirus, after having received a first diagnosis, which was negative.
This information, which is dated 2 June, is taken from a notice interim of the national Institute of public health of Quebec (INSPQ) on the support of the people first considered cured, but which were, in reality, always carry the virus.
According to the publication, several factors could explain these false negative, including a viral load too low to be detected during the first test, or a poor preservation of the sample prior to its analysis.
The INSPQ states that for the time being, no public health authority has not determined “the duration of an episode of the infectious” the COVID-19. It is not possible to know how long after being infected a second positive test could represent a new infection.
For example, of those tested had a positive result up to 82 days after the disappearance of first symptoms, according to a study conducted by the Centers for control and prevention of diseases in South Korea. These people have infected anyone else during the period in which they were found again to be positive.
The numbers of the week : 9130$
This is the average amount that will have to take on each and every Canadian, including infants and children, to pay off the federal deficit caused in large part by the COVID-19. The minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, presented an economic update on Wednesday, revealing a deficit of historic 343,2 billion $, which will bring the federal debt to 1200 billion $ by march 2021.
This $ 9130 $ does not include interest related to this new debt or the fact that the population will increase in the coming years. To put things in perspective, the average Canadian has paid 7681 $ in taxes at the federal level in 2017, according to data from Statistics Canada. It would be the equivalent of a little more than a year to repay the deficit this year, in addition to the taxes paid usually.
– Marie-Christine Trottier