TORONTO – Canada’s COVID-19 caseload got closer to 200,000 on Sunday after a weekend in which Quebec had the most new infections and public health officials urged Canadians to remain united in their efforts to fight the pandemic.
The country reported 1,827 new cases on Sunday, out of a total of 198,151 infections.
Quebec was responsible for 1,094 of those new cases, the third day in a row that the province has had more than 1,000 infections.
Quebec Minister of Health Christian Dube tweeted that hospital admissions in the province continue to rise, urging residents to “break the wave to slow it down” and “protect the most vulnerable.”
Ontario reported the second highest number of new cases on Sunday at 658, while Manitoba had 44, Saskatchewan reported 24, New Brunswick posted five, and Nova Scotia posted two. Health authorities said the new cases in the Atlantic provinces were linked to travel outside the region
Ontario has taken steps to curb the spike in cases in four hotspots by moving them back to a modified phase 2 of pandemic recovery, including the closure of gyms and movie theaters and a ban on indoor dining in restaurants or bars.
Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa moved to the modified Stage 2 on October 10, and the York Region will join them on Monday.
“Our challenge now and for the future is to remain united in our effort to get all of Canada back on a ‘slow burn’,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said in a statement Sunday.
“Our goal is to reduce cases of COVID-19 infection to manageable levels. But public health cannot do this alone. Everyone is needed on the front line, from key workers to volunteers to businesses, workplaces and ordinary citizens across Canada. ”
Tam addicts “can go the extra mile” by downloading the COVID Alert contact tracking app or by “sharing credible information” about COVID-19 risks and prevention measures through social media.
Her sentiments matched those in a statement on Saturday, when she stressed the importance of a “ collective effort, ” even though the pandemic affects each part of the country differently.
Last Sunday, there were 9,760 COVID-19-related deaths in Canada.
Federal Conservatives on Sunday called on the House of Commons health committee to investigate Ottawa’s preparations for a second wave of COVID-19, with Tory health critic Michelle Rempel Garner accusing the Liberal government of being caught flat-footed despite the expectation of a resurgence. would come. in the number of cases in the fall and winter.
“As companies are closing in a new series of COVID-related economic shutdowns, we are looking for answers as to why the federal government has left Canadians unprepared to deal with this second wave,” Rempel Garner said at a news conference as MPs argue. prepared for the resumption of Parliament on Monday.
“We need these answers to move forward and protect Canadians while keeping things open.”
With files from Lee Berthiaume
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on October 18, 2020.