Coronavirus Canada Updates: 34 more COVID-19 deaths while Ontario breaks record in new cases

Coronavirus Update: Tam talks about AstraZeneca second doses and mixing vaccines
Coronavirus Update: Tam talks about AstraZeneca second doses and mixing vaccines

Canada added another 2,224 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday raising the country’s total COVID-19 infections to over 213,000.

Health authorities also reported another 34 deaths from the virus, though only 13 had occurred over the past 24 hours. To date, a total of 213,739 people have been infected with the virus, while 9,922 have since succumbed to it.

A total of 179,363 patients have also recovered from the virus, while over 11 million tests have since been administered.

Saturday’s data does not paint a complete picture of the virus’ spread across the country as all territories and several provinces like Alberta, B.C. and P.E.I. do not report new case data over the weekend.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said that the daily average in newly reported cases stood at 2,488 over the last week.

Between Oct. 11 and 17, an average of 74,719 people were also being tested daily with 3.1 per cent testing positive.

“The number of people experiencing severe illness continues to increase. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 1,010 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent seven-day period, including 209 of whom were being treated in intensive care units,” read Tam’s statement.

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