As of today, Canada stands at roughly 1.38 million COVID cases, with over 1.32 million Canadians recovered and close to 25,500 deaths. Though the rate of cases is slowing, they are still growing, particularly in certain areas of the country.
With this in mind, Ontario has continued to extend its interprovincial travel ban, restricting the borders with Manitoba and Quebec. Ontario has reported over 1,000 cases for COVID today - and has given nearly 9 million doses of vaccine. Quebec has reported that its case numbers have dropped below 350. The province is in a celebratory mood, as its curfews are dropped amidst its continuing vaccine rollout.
British Columbia, like Quebec, has had its case numbers drop below 350 and is also looking to speed vaccine rollout. There are worries of COVID variants spreading in the province, however. Alberta has recorded over 400 cases today, meanwhile. It has managed to vaccinate a majority of its population, putting it on track for a June reopening, but there are concerns about the number of unvaccinated people ending up in hospital.
Saskatchewan, has recorded nearly 180 cases today, maintaining a fairly steady infection rate. Like other provinces, it is hopeful about reopening and is looking to get more second doses out. Manitoba, on the other hand, sees case levels remain high at over 350 cases. Like Alberta, Manitoba is struggling with unvaccinated individuals ending up in hospital.
Nova Scotia has reported 20 new cases today, showing a significant decline in new cases. New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have all reported 10 or less cases today, leaving the Maritimes with a fairly low new infection rate.
Canada has managed to give over 23 million doses of vaccine, with about 1.95 million Canadians being fully vaccinated - a little over 5% of the country is now considered to be fully vaccinated. The new vaccination rate is truly impressive - with about 1% of Canadians being vaccinated every day, and about 0.1% reaching full vaccination every day.
These vaccination numbers are very promising - but there is always the concerning spectre of those Canadians who are refusing to get vaccinated due to belief in conspiracy theories, a disturbing echo of the issue some American states face. In many cases, these individuals are seeking to disrupt the vaccination process. These may prove to be a hurdle in reaching the vaccination rate needed for total herd immunity. For now, it's still important to maintain protective measures like social distancing and mask wearing, especially if heading indoors around many other people. This caution will be needed to take us through to a full national reopening.