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NewsAlert: Canada’s COVID-19 case count surpasses 1 million

Canada has recorded more than a million cases of COVID-19 since the onset of the global pandemic.

The national tally inched past the bleak threshold on Saturday when British Columbia reported 2,090 new infections over the course of two days.

Canada has been recording about 100,000 new cases every three to four weeks, surging past the 900,000 mark on March 13.

But case counts have begun rising again in several provinces, prompting officials to impose new public health restrictions in a bid to contain what health authorities are describing as the virus’s third wave.

In Ontario, for instance, the government touched off a provincewide “shutdown” on Saturday when orders to close gyms, suspend all in-person dining and tighten capacity limits on both essential and non-essential retailers went into effect.

Quebec, meanwhile, has seen daily cases back up over the 1,000 mark in the last few days after weeks of logging new infection rates in the triple digits, while Alberta and British Columbia have also recorded significant spikes in recent days.

More coming.

The Canadian Press

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