(AFP) — Canada, in the midst of a second wave of COVID-19 illnesses, topped 200,000 cases and inched closer to 10,000 deaths Monday, according to official data compiled by Canadian broadcasters CBC and CTV.
About 80 per cent of these cases and more than 90 per cent of the deaths were recorded in the country’s two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec, which has been the epicentre of the country’s epidemic since it broke out in Canada last March.
As of Monday afternoon, Canada had 200,039 cases and 9,772 dead — with its two westernmost provinces still to report their updated tallies — according to the public health data.
That amounts to 532 cases per 100,000 people in the country of 38 million, or five times fewer than in the United States.
In Quebec and Ontario, a resurgence of the novel coronavirus led once again to the closure of bars and restaurants, museums and concert halls, as well as gyms and sports venues.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Monday recommended that children not go trick-or-treating door to door for Halloween in the hardest-hit areas, including Toronto and Ottawa.
“We just can’t have hundreds of kids showing up at your door if you live in a hotspot,” he told a news conference.