COVID: the long weekend scares the authorities in the country

As Canadian public health officials worry about the relaxation of individual protective measures and the possible repercussions of the long weekend, the country had 344 additional cases of the coronavirus disease on Saturday afternoon.

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It is Ontario and Quebec that have contributed to the worsening of the health crisis by respectively reporting 169 and 175 more infections.

Ontario has crossed 43,000 cases (43,003) and has not announced a death.

La Belle Province recorded two more deaths, which occurred between August 29 and September 3. So far, 5,769 Quebecers have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The two provinces continue to take numerous samples. Quebec has conducted 20,408 tests as of September 3, moving closer to the champion in the field, Ontario, which has held 28,672 tests as of September 4.

“Local public health authorities in Canada continue to work hard to investigate cases and outbreaks of COVID-19,” said Dr. Theresa Tam, the country’s chief public health officer, on Saturday.

“These public health activities are essential to interrupt chains of transmission, keep the infection rate low and keep the epidemic growing on the controlled and slow path of ‘slow combustion’,” he said. she added in her daily statement.

Newfoundland and Labrador also added one case on Saturday for a total of 270 to date.

At the beginning of the afternoon, there were 131,469 patients since the start of the health crisis in the country, including 9,143 dead.

The authorities remain worried as a second wave of contamination could emerge or even be in its infancy.

“Our main concern over the past week has been the continued increase in the number of daily cases,” said Dr. Tam. Even though we are well below the nearly 1,800 cases that were reported daily at the peak of the first wave, in early May, we have seen an increasing trend for indicators of activity for this disease. ”

She noted that the 631 new cases that were reported in Canada on Friday “took the seven-day moving average to 545 reported cases per day, which exceeds the maximum number of reported cases per day during the period of increased activity. from mid-July. “

The long weekend is also worrying the authorities, while there is a certain relaxation in individual protection measures, in particular physical distancing.

Dr. Tam encouraged all Canadians, during this long weekend, to continue to follow “the public health practices that have been proven to work and that have enabled us to lower the rate of COVID-19 infection to a reasonable level. The best way to protect yourself is to stick with the people who are part of our bubble of close contact ”.

“However, if you have to go to a public place, be sure to assess the risks to which you are exposing yourself and to inform yourself about the measures that have been taken to limit the spread of the virus”, she added. .

The situation in Canada:

Quebec: 63,292 cases (5,769 deaths)

Ontario: 43,003 cases (2,811 deaths)

Alberta: 14,474 cases (242 deaths)

British Columbia: 6,162 cases (211 deaths)

Saskatchewan: 1,638 cases (24 deaths)

Manitoba: 1,273 cases (16 deaths)

Nova Scotia: 1,085 cases (65 deaths)

Newfoundland and Labrador: 270 cases (3 deaths)

New Brunswick: 192 cases (2 deaths)

Prince Edward Island: 47 cases

Yukon: 15 cases

Northwest Territories: 5 cases

Nunavut: 0 cases

Canadian returnees: 13 cases

Total: 131,469 cases (9,143 deaths)

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