COVID-19: fewer cases, more vaccines

The number of new cases of COVID-19 continued to decline across the country on Tuesday as Quebec and Ontario prepare to launch their mass vaccination campaign for the general population.

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In Quebec, 739 cases and 13 deaths have added to the heavy toll of the province, once again confirming the downward trend of the pandemic. The number of hospitalizations (680, -9) of patients affected by the disease also continued to fall, with the exception of intensive care where there were three more beds occupied for a total of 120.

General vaccination

The vaccination campaign has also finally resumed in the province with an average of 12,660 doses administered per day for the past five days, thanks to the long-awaited arrival of deliveries from Pfizer.

Faced with this good news, Prime Minister François Legault announced that Quebecers aged 85 and over who do not live in CHSLDs or seniors’ residences will be able to make an appointment to be vaccinated as of next week.

Ontario, for its part, intends to follow suit soon in Quebec, when the government recently indicated that the vaccination campaign for people 80 years and over should be able to begin in March.

Health Minister Christine Elliott told the Legislature on Tuesday that her government was working with the province’s 33 public health agencies to develop region-specific vaccination plans. This plan will be ready “very soon”, she assured.

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Meanwhile, the province had 975 new cases and 12 deaths on Tuesday after spending five days in a row above the 1,000 daily infection mark.

The number of hospitalizations also experienced a very large increase (718, +72), although the situation remained stable in intensive care (283, +3).

New Brunswick victory

On the Atlantic side, only Newfoundland and Labrador continued to struggle with the virus on Tuesday with the addition of 15 contaminations to its record.

The most striking news, however, came from New Brunswick where no case has been detected, a first since the start of the outbreak which has more than doubled the number of infections recorded to date in the province in less than two months.

The situation in Canada:

Ontario: 295,119 cases (6,884 deaths)

Quebec: 283,666 cases (10,330 deaths)

Alberta: 131,336 cases (1,843 deaths)

British Columbia: 77,263 (1,335 deaths)

Manitoba: 31,551 cases (886 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 27,923 cases (376 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 1,613 cases (65 deaths)

New Brunswick: 1,424 cases (26 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 955 cases (4 deaths)

Nunavut: 351 cases (1 death)

Prince Edward Island: 115 cases

Yukon: 72 cases (1 death)

Northwest Territories: 42 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 851,440 cases (21,751 deaths)

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