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COVID-19 has been top of mind for all Canadians nearly every day since the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic, but what do the numbers actually look like?
As of August 12, the number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in Canada sits at 120,839. Most of those cases are in Quebec and Ontario, though all 10 provinces and two of the territories have been impacted by the virus.
Canada’s first case was discovered on January 25, and nearly two months later on March 20, the country surpassed 1,000 cases. From there, cases doubled to 2,000 in just three days. They once again doubled to reach 4,000 by March 26. Less than a month later, the case count passed 30,000.
But by early May, the country’s doubling rate had slowed down, and several provinces are looking at how to gradually reopen their economies.
In Canada, 9,006 people have died so far because of the virus, with 5,697 of those deaths in Quebec, 2,787 in Ontario, 196 in British Columbia, 217 in Alberta, 64 in Nova Scotia, 20 in Saskatchewan, eight in Manitoba, three in Newfoundland, and one in New Brunswick.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam has reiterated that the country’s health system is prepared to handle this pandemic, but all Canadians can do their part by following health and social distancing guidelines.
“Our window to flatten the curve of the epidemic is narrow. We have to act now,” Tam said in a previous press conference.
The good news is that more than 107,000 people are known to have recovered from coronavirus in Canada — so while the case count is rising, so is the number of recoveries.
The breakdown in Canada is as follows:
- Confirmed and known presumptive cases: 120,839
- Deaths: 9,006
- Recovered: 107,110
- Repatriated: 13 (not on map)
So while it may be scary to see the regular updates and the numbers increasing, stay home, self-isolate, or physically distance yourself, and wash your hands to ensure we see the eventual flattening of the curve in the coming weeks and months.