News Update: 19th April 2021

This week, Canada’s COVID-19 attention was mostly focused on Ontario, where government leadership was slammed both for the science behind their new lockdown and the suggestion they would use law officers to enforce it. With over 4,000 new COVID cases in Ontario, and 18 deaths, this Sunday alone, it is not surprising that the local government is looking to extreme measures. 

Cases in Canada continue to climb through the midst of the Third Wave. As of today, the nation currently stands at 1.12 million deaths, 1.01 million recovers, and 23,618 deaths. There are worries that the issues found in Ontario could have implications for the rest of Canada. 

Ontario has extended its strict lockdown measures further into May in an attempt to stem the growing tide. Quebec, meanwhile, has seen its numbers begin to plateau, with roughly 1,300 cases today - including an alarming number of younger patients. 

British Columbia, on the other side of Canada, meanwhile is not planning on new restrictions, maintaining a sanguine outlook regarding the rollout of vaccines. Despite this optimism (likely due to how many older people have already been vaccinated) there are concerns of increased hospital usage. Alberta, meanwhile, is attempting to reach a similar widespread application of the vaccine. 

On the prairies, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are using differing strategies for their own vaccine rollouts. Manitoba is attempting to organize vaccine deployment based on need, while Saskatchewan is focused on getting as much vaccine distributed as possible, as quickly as possible. 

In the Maritimes, Nova ScotiaNew Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador continued to report very low numbers of new cases. This includes eight cases in Nova Scotia, ten cases in New Brunswick and three cases each in PEI and Newfoundland. 

So far, Canada has given out roughly 9.78M vaccines, fully vaccinating about 908 thousand Canadians. This second figure represents about 2.4% of the Canadian population as a whole. The surge in Ontario demonstrates better than anything the necessity of Canadians, especially those in cities, to maintain social distancing as best as possible.