Canada’s new coronavirus cases continued to climb at an alarming rate Wednesday, as health officials reported 939 new confirmed infections.
The new total nearly matches the number reported back on May 26 — which happened to be the first day in months that daily cases were under 1,000, signalling the end of the pandemic’s first wave.
It’s also the first time more than 900 new cases were reported since May 29.
With a total of 139,634 cases since the pandemic began, Canada is on track to cross 140,000 cases just two weeks after hitting 130,000. By comparison, it took 24 days to grow from 120,000 to 130,000 cases.
Five more deaths were also reported Wednesday, bringing the nationwide death toll to 9,193. A total of 122,449 patients have recovered, with 609 of those recoveries occurring over the past 24 hours.
Quebec reported 303 new cases and three more deaths, although two of those fatalities occurred last week. The province continues to be the hardest hit in the country, with 65,857 cases and 5,788 deaths to date.
Another 313 new cases and two deaths were announced in Ontario, bringing that province’s totals to 45,383 cases and 2,822 deaths. Over 40,000 of those cases have since recovered from the virus.
Manitoba saw 23 new cases for a new total of 1,489, while Saskatchewan has now seen 1,751 total cases after 10 new infections were reported Wednesday. No new deaths were announced for either province, which have seen a combined 40 fatalities to date.