Canada has now seen over 600,000 total COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March 2020.
The country reached the stark milestone on January 3, as 601,663 cases were reported. Canada surpassed 500,000 cases just over two weeks earlier, on December 19.
Quebec has seen the most COVID-19 cases any province or territory, with 210,304 cases reported to date.
Ontario has the second-highest case count with 190,962, followed by Alberta with 104,228 cases.
The three aforementioned provinces have also reported the highest count of virus-related deaths to date.
Quebec has reported 8,347 deaths, Ontario has confirmed 4,650, and Alberta has seen 1,046 since March of last year.
While data suggests that the variant may be more transmissible, there is no evidence to suggest that the mutation causes more severe illness or that approved vaccines will be any less effective against it.
There are currently 80,822 active COVID-19 cases across Canada.