Coronavirus Update: Canada adds more than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19

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Coronavirus Update: Canada adds more than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19
Coronavirus Update: Canada adds more than 2,200 new cases of COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada grew by 2,215 on Saturday, and officials announced an additional 25 people had succumbed to the illness.

The new figures released on Saturday bring the cumulative case total to 196,114, though more than 165,000 people across the country have recovered from the coronavirus.

In total, 9,746 deaths have been associated with COVID-19 in Canada.

The numbers released Saturday do not include updates from British Columbia, Alberta, P.E.I. or the territories.

Though some provinces have been much harder hit than others, the number of new cases overall has been surging since late August. Daily case counts are now higher than they were in the spring.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said that as of Friday, about 2,310 cases were reported daily across Canada over the last week.

She called on Canadians to adhere to public health guidance and keep their number of contacts as low as possible — and especially avoid crowded or closed settings.

“Keeping apart is difficult, but it is what will make us stronger, more resilient and better able to sustain public health efforts through the fall and winter,” she said in a statement Saturday.

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